Thursday, April 12, 2012

No Bail Set For Zimmerman In The Trayvon Martin Homicide Case

Photo: George Zimmerman in the middle appears alongside his attorney O'Mara at a Seminole County Circuit Court hearing on Thursday.

Zimmerman charged with the homicide of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 12, 2012

Stanford, FL - On Thursday, George Zimmerman, 28, appeared in a Seminole County Circuit Court and was charged with 2nd degree murder in connection with the February 26, Trayvon Martin, 17, homicide in Stanford. A Judge Mark E. Herr found probable cause to hold Zimmerman in Martin's homicide and set a court arraignment hearing for May 29. If convicted, Zimmerman is facing life in prison.
Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney did not request bail for his client to keep him in jail for his own safety. Zimmerman agreed with O'Mara to stay in jail and he did not enter a plea during the preliminary hearing.
On Wednesday, State special prosecutor Angela Corey had announced Zimmerman's charge and their 20-day investigation found that on February 26, Zimmerman's action was not self-defense, but a crime. Zimmerman had told police that he shot Martin in self-defense after an altercation.
Zimmerman turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday shortly after the homicide charge was announced by Corey.
In February, Zimmerman, a Hispanic and a volunteer neighborhood watchman spotted Martin, an Afro-American walking the the area wearing a hoodie and called police as a suspicious person in the neighborhood. A 911 operator told Zimmerman not to follow Martin. Zimmerman disregarded the advice and followed, stalked, forced Martin to react and then Zimmerman killed him. Zimmerman says, he shot Martin in self defense.
On Tuesday, Zimmerman who had been in hiding created his own website, therealgeorgezimmerman dot com to keep in touch with supporters and to collect funds for his defense. He posted on the wedsite, "As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family, and ultimately my entire life." Zimmerman had asked for donations and opened an account with PayPal to collect defense funds.

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