April 20th, 2012
12:14 PM ET

Live blog: Zimmerman 'sorry' for loss of Martins' son; bond set at $150,000

After George Zimmerman took the stand during his bond hearing and told Trayvon Martin's parents that he was sorry for the loss of their son, a Florida judge Friday set Zimmerman's bond at $150,000.

The judge set a number of conditions, including GPS monitoring. The judge said Zimmerman wouldn't have the opportunity to be released Friday, because his attorney and state authorities needed to hammer out the monitoring and other logistics.

Friday's bond hearing also included testimony from one of the state's main investigators in the case, with Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara challenging the state's assertions. Under questioning, the investigator said the state didn't have evidence to contradict Zimmerman's account that Martin started the fight that led to the shooting, but he did say evidence did call into question other parts of Zimmerman's account.

Zimmerman, 28, was charged on April 11 with second-degree murder in the February death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, after the case sparked a heated, national debate over racial profiling and saw thousands of protesters demand Zimmerman's arrest. Martin's family contends Zimmerman racially profiled their son, who was black, and was walking back from a convenience store in Sanford, Florida.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who is Hispanic, maintains he acted in self-defense. His family says he did not profile Martin. (Timeline of case)

The following is a running account of the bond hearing:

[Updated at 12:14 p.m. ET] The state's attorney in today's bond hearing, reacting to reporters' questions about O'Mara's assault on the prosecution's case, said that not all evidence has been publicly revealed.

"We did not put our entire case on today. Let's leave it at that," he told reporters outside the courthouse.

[Updated at 11:55 a.m. ET] Mark NeJame, an Orlando lawyer and CNN legal analyst, said O'Mara's move to put Zimmerman on the stand during the bond hearing "was a calculated risk to humanize George Zimmerman."

"We've heard a lot of negative things for weeks now, and we've now heard a living breathing person" make an apology, NeJame said.

[Updated at 11:15 a.m. ET] The hearing is over. Zimmerman stood up and shook hands with his attorney, Mark O'Mara, before sitting down again to wait to be taken from the courtroom.

[Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET] The judge has set a bond of $150,000, with conditions.

The conditions include:

– GPS monitoring

– Zimmerman would have to contact authorities every three days

– No contact with the victim's family

– No possession of firearms

– No use of controlled substances, other than those prescribed by a physician.

As for O'Mara's request that Zimmerman be allowed to reside away from Florida, the judge said O'Mara and the state should get together and determine whether that can be accomplished.

Because O'Mara and the state need to meet about the arrangements for monitoring, Zimmerman will not have an opportunity to be freed today. the judge said.

[Updated at 11:07 a.m. ET] The state's attorney is now making a case against leniency when it comes to the bond decision, and has asked for no bond, or a bond of $1 million.

The state's attorney argued that Zimmerman is a danger to the public, citing not only the second-degree murder charge, but a previous charge of battery against a law enforcement officer, which was discussed at length earlier in the hearing.

[Updated at 11:02 a.m. ET] The hearing is now turning back to the issue of bond. O'Mara is asking the judge for:

– $15,000 bond.

– The ability of Zimmerman to leave the state

– Secrecy over Zimmerman's whereabouts

O'Mara, speaking to Zimmerman's ability to pay bond, noted that Zimmerman cannot work in public because of the case's publicity, and that his wife is not working because she is in school.

[Updated at 10:58 a.m. ET] The prosecuting attorney is now questioning Zimmerman. He asked whether Zimmerman had ever said he was sorry when he spoke to police. Zimmerman responded that he had told one of the investigators that "I felt sorry for the family."

The prosecutor told Zimmerman that if that's true, it must have been recorded. He asked Zimmerman if he was sure, and Zimmerman said he was "fairly certain."

[Updated at 10:55 a.m. ET] "I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son," Zimmerman said on the stand, apparently addressing Martin's parents, who are in the room. (Watch video of apology)

Zimmerman also said he thought Martin was older, and that he "didn't know if (Martin) was armed or not."

[Updated at 10:54 a.m. ET] Zimmerman is about the address the court. His attorney has called him to the stand.

[Updated at 10:53 a.m. ET] The prosecuting attorney, after saying "I didn't know we were going to be trying the case today," is back to ask questions of state attorney's investigator Dale Gilbreath, after O'Mara asked questions challenging the state's assertions.

The prosecutor asked Gilbreath whether there was any evidence indicating that Zimmerman's account that Martin bashed his head against a sidewalk wasn't true. Gilbreath said yes.

[Updated at 10:47 a.m. ET] O'Mara is back to questioning state attorney's investigator Dale Gilbreath, one of the investigators in the case.

O'Mara asked whether Gilbreath knows who started the fight between Zimmerman and Martin, or had any evidence as to who started the fight. Gilbreath said no.

O'Mara asked whether Gilbreath had any evidence contradicting Zimmerman's statement to Sanford police on the night of the incident that Zimmerman: 1) turned toward his car after losing sight of Martin; and 2) that Martin started the fight that led to the shooting. Gilbreath said no.

[Updated at 10:36 a.m. ET] A prosecuting attorney is now questioning state attorney's investigator Dale Gilbreath, after Zimmerman's attorney took issue with wording in a probable cause affidavit that Gilbreath had signed. Gilbreath is one of the investigators in the Martin shooting case.

Like O'Mara, the prosecuting attorney is asking Gilbreath about the affidavit, and about evidence that Gilbreath collected. The general thrust of the questioning is designed to bolster the affidavit's credibility, after O'Mara questioned word choices in the affidavit.

Gilbreath testified he has reviewed other evidence documents other than what has been discussed in the hearing. The prosecutor asked Gilbreath whether Martin had a right to be in the neighborhood Gilbreath said yes. Gilbreath also was asked if there was no evidence that Martin was committing any crime, and again Gilbreath said yes.

[Updated at 10:28 a.m. ET] O'Mara still is questioning state attorney's investigator Dale Gilbreath about the way that the probable cause affidavit which supported the second-degree murder charge - was written.

O'Mara is now taking issue with a line that says Zimmerman "disregarded" a police dispatcher. On the tape that has been released to the public, Zimmerman indicated that he was following Martin, and the dispatcher said that authorities didn't need Zimmerman to do that.

O'Mara, through his questioning of Gilbreath, is basically suggesting that "disregarded" was the wrong word, because Zimmerman did not hang up with the dispatcher, and therefore did not disregard him.

O'Mara also is taking issue with the affidavit saying that Zimmerman "confronted" Martin. O'Mara is contending that Gilbreath has offered no evidence that Zimmerman confronted Martin, and that other, less antagonistic words, should have been used since Gilbreath had no evidence that Zimmerman confronted him. Such words, O'Mara said, would be "came up to," or "spoke with."

[Updated at 10:19 a.m. ET] O'Mara, while questioning state attorney's investigator Dale Gilbreath, is now taking issue with other language choices in the probable cause affidavit.

O'Mara has noted that the only two quotes in the affidavit from Zimmerman taken from a police call that Zimmerman made to notify police that he had seen a suspicious person are of Zimmerman using expletives. O'Mara asked why out of everything Zimmerman said only those two quotes were included in the affidavit.

Gilbreath responded that he didn't type the affidavit. O'Mara pointed out that Gilbreath swore to it, and Gilbreath agreed that he had.

[Updated at 10:14 a.m. ET] O'Mara, while questioning state attorney's investigator Dale Gilbreath, has taken issue with the word "profiled" in the probable cause affidavit supporting the second-degree murder charge.

The affidavit, which Gilbreath had signed, says that Zimmerman profiled Martin. O'Mara asked why the affidavit says profiled, rather than "noticed" or "saw." Gilbreath said he couldn't remember who wrote the word, saying it was a collaborative document.

[Updated at 10:09 a.m. ET] O'Mara has called Dale Gilbreath, an investigator with the state attorney's office, to the stand. Gilbreath is one of the investigators in the Martin shooting case.

Gilbreath has indicated that he didn't expect to testify today.

[Updated at 10:05 a.m. ET] O'Mara asked Zimmerman's mother whether she has come to know her son as someone who comes to the defense of people. She said yes.

She said he has stood up for children and homeless people in and around his community. She also testified that he had been a mentor for two African American children.

[Updated at 10:04 a.m. ET] O'Mara asked Zimmerman's mother about Zimmerman's previous charge of battery against a law enforcement officer. She said that Zimmerman was involved in an altercation with a plainclothes ATF agent because he was coming to the defense of a friend, who was being roughed up. The officer didn't identify himself as a law enforcement officer, she said.

[Updated at 10:02 a.m. ET] Zimmerman's mother, like his father and wife earlier this morning, said that if Zimmerman is released on bond, his location and the places where he would be allowed to go should be kept secret, because he and the family have received threats.

[Updated at 9:53 a.m. ET] O'Mara has now called Zimmerman's mother to the phone.

[Updated at 9:51 a.m. ET] Now being questioned by O'Mara, Zimmerman's father testified about Zimmerman's appearance after the February 26 shooting. The father said Zimmerman's face was swollen "quite a bit," had a protective cover over his nose, and had two vertical gashes on the back of his head.

According to an Orlando Sentinel story later confirmed by Sanford police, Zimmerman told authorities that after he called 911 about a suspicious person (later identified as Martin), and after he briefly lost track of Martin, the teen approached him. After the two exchange words, Zimmerman said, he reached for his cell phone, and then Martin punched him in the nose. Zimmerman said Martin pinned him to the ground and began slamming his head into the sidewalk.

[Updated at 9:47 a.m. ET] The prosecution is asking Zimmerman's father about Zimmerman's previous charge of battery against a law enforcement officer, basically having the father acknowledge that he knows Zimmerman faced that charge. Like the exchange that the prosecution had with Zimmerman's wife a few minutes ago, they went over the fact that Zimmerman took anger management classes as a result of that charge, which was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.

[Updated at 9:41 a.m. ET] O'Mara is asking Zimmerman's father about his financial ability to help post bond. The father, who said he was retired, said he and his wife have some savings, but very little. He said he had a mortgaged home, and that he was willing to secure the home as part of a bond arrangement.

[Updated at 9:39 a.m. ET] O'Mara is now questioning Zimmerman's father, Robert Zimmerman Sr., who, like Zimmerman's wife, is testifying by phone. A notary public has sworn Robert Zimmerman in.

[Updated at 9:36 a.m. ET] O'Mara questioned Zimmerman's wife about the previous allegations against Zimmerman including a charge of battery on a law enforcement officer and an altercation with a woman that the prosecuting attorney brought up. Through questioning, Zimmerman's wife testified that the battery charge was reduced to a misdemeanor through a pretrial diversion program in which he took anger management classes, and that she believes he completed those classes. She also testified that in the altercation with the woman, Zimmerman was not arrested, and that the woman attacked Zimmerman and drew blood, and that as a result, Zimmerman got an injunction against that woman.

[Updated at 9:30 a.m. ET] The prosecuting attorney summed up the previous allegations - including the charge of  battery on a law enforcement officer and then asked Zimmerman's wife whether she still believes Zimmerman isn't a danger to the community. "Absolutely he is not a violent person,” nor is he a threat to the community, she responded.

[Updated at 9:24 a.m. ET] The prosecution is now questioning Zimmerman's wife about her assertion that Zimmerman poses no danger to the community. The prosecuting attorney is pointing out that Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, and that Zimmerman is accused of a violent act.

The prosecuting attorney also is asking Zimmerman's wife about his previous brushes with the law, including a charge of battery of a law enforcement officer. He also brought up a woman's previous allegations that the woman and Zimmerman were in an altercation Zimmerman's wife answered that she is aware that Zimmerman needed to defend himself from an attack by the woman, that the woman drew blood, and that Zimmerman filed for a protective order because of the incident. The prosecutor is asking her whether she is aware of those charges and allegations in the past, and she said she is.

[Updated at 9:20 a.m. ET] Zimmerman's wife said she fears for Zimmeran's safety and the safety of their family, and that is part of the reason why she is testifying by phone.

Asked if she believes Zimmerman is a danger to society, she said no. She said she has "no concerns whatsoever" about him.

[Updated at 9:18 a.m. ET] O'Mara is asking Zimmerman's wife about the family's financial ability to post bond. O'Mara is saying that Zimmerman is indigent; Zimmerman's wife said that she has talked to other family members about scraping up everything they could in anticipation of posting bond.

[Updated at 9:15 a.m. ET] With Zimmerman's wife on speakerphone, O'Mara has begun asking her questions. Asked if she would do everything in her power to ensure that Zimmerman should he be granted bail return to court when he is required to do so, she said yes. And she said she would contact the court if she lost contact with him.

[Updated at 9:11 a.m. ET] The court has called Zimmerman's wife on the phone. A notary public is with Mrs. Zimmerman and is swearing her in.

[Updated at 9:08 a.m. ET] Lester has begun the proceeding. After the attorneys identified themselves to the judge, O'Mara kicked off the bond request and told the judge that witnesses are available by phone. The court is calling those witnesses now. As we noted earlier, Zimmerman's family has offered to give testimony by phone.

[Updated at 9:04 a.m. ET] Zimmerman, wearing a dark gray suit, white shirt and light gray tie, has entered the courtroom and has seated himself next to O'Mara.

[Updated at 9:00 a.m. ET] Martin's parents are, indeed, in the courtroom, and they've taken their seats. O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney, also is standing the courtroom, waiting for the proceeding to begin.

[Updated at 8:59 a.m. ET] Check out this piece on why evidence in the case may come up in the bond hearing. The prosecutor, Corey, has the burden of showing why bond should not be set or that it should be high. The burden is referred to as "proof of guilt is evident or presumption of guilt is great." Corey would have to convince Lester that a jury would convict Zimmerman.

[Updated at 8:55 a.m. ET] The bond hearing is expected to begin in minutes. Martin's parents are expected to be at the hearing, and this would be the first time that they and Zimmerman are in the same room, CNN's Martin Savidge tells us from the site.

O'Mara filed a motion that asks the court to allow Zimmerman's family members to provide testimony at the bond hearing by telephone. The state attorney's office did not object.

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  1. pj3386

    I don't think they will have any problem at all finding 12 reasonable men and women to convict Zimmerman.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC

      THE LAWYERS ARE GOING TO MOVE THE TRAIL TO ANOTHER TOWN, I WOULD.. ....CAN THEY FIND BLACKS THAT DON'T HAVE AN OPINION ABOUT THE GUILT OF ZIMMERMAN ???? CAN THEY FIND ONE BLACK PERSON WHO FEEL THAT ZIMMERMAN ACTED IN SELF DEFENSE ??? MOVE THE TRIAL TO A WHITE TOWN. ALL THEY NEED IS ONE NRA MEMBER ON THE JURY.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jello Morales

    I’m wondering why the self defense law doesn’t apply to a 17 year old who is being stalked by a man with a gun. I imagine he felt threatened.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC

      STALKED ???? WALKING BEHIND A PERSON IS NOT STALKING , DUH. STALKING IS WHEN YOU DO IT A LOT TO THE SAME PERSON.......PEOPLE WALK BEHIND OTHER PEOPLE ALL THE TIMES ON SIDEWALKS LOL......STALKING IS WHEN YOU FOLLOW THE SAME PERSON MORE THAN ONE TIME. DUH.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • RIC

      because he couldnt pass the background check too young,police record, no money to buy a gun spending it on too much candy. he didnt have a hard enough right hook i would guess

      April 21, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Concerned4Fla

    The bloody lip and head may still be totally irrelevant if Zimmerman started the confrontation or instigated the fight. Zimmerman has proven he had a reason (in his own mind) and a motivation to follow and confront Trayvon. I can't think of any reason why Trayvon would approach or confront Zimmerman. If a stranger approaches me in the dark, with a gun, and they're not in uniform, they can expect a bloody lip or worse.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC

      ZIMMERMAN DID NOT START THE CONFRONTATION...THE PERSON THAT THREW THE FIST PUNCH STARTED THE CONFRONTATION.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. WVLADY63

    What has happened to our judicial system? WHAT HAPPENED TO INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY??? This kid was suspended from school for what? WHY is it that this kid is totally innocent of anything? Aren't there two sides to every story? Obviously not in this case. Had the young man been white and the officer black, THERE WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN AN EYEBROW LIFTED. None of us were at the scene of the crime so what makes everybody so positive Zimmerman is lying????

    April 20, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cw

      I don't care if he's lying or not; I care that he basically stalked then killed a kid for being black in the wrong neighborhood.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Concerned4Fla

      Well, Zimmerman isn't an officer–he's an angry man with a gun. And we can't get the other side of the story because the kid is dead. And ZImmerman had a reason to approach and confront the kid– he has openly stated this. Trayvon had no such reason. Of course, we can't ask him because he's dead. So ZImmerman initiated contact, had a gun, pulled the trigger. Trayvon did not initiate contact, was probably not cooperative (and had no responsibility to be cooperative). Even without the racial overtones, Zimmerman's irresponsible actions led to a dead kid–who, according to the evidence, was threatening noone at the time. Hard to claim self-defense if Zimmerman initiated the confrontation.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • John-117

      Racist black people happened.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Peaches Kuut

      Did Trayvon Martin live within the gated community? Do gated communities have "no trespassing" laws which are legally recognized and enforceable? Since other burglaries had been occuring in the gated community, do any of those crimes trace back to Trayvon Martin? YOO MANY unanswered questions .

      April 20, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • DOG

      three stories him, his and the thruth

      April 21, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rick

    Hey Dad, he wasn't murdered was he. Martin didn't kill him, did he? Let's fight fair, no guns Dad. your son is a killer. the worst kind, pulling out a gun and kiiling a yng guy.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • DOG

      fair give me a break. god created man. colt made them equal. feel fair now

      April 21, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Woody

    Who does Zimmy send the dry cleaning bill to after he prevails?

    April 20, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. MARIA

    If I was 17 and being followed by an adult male, I would be extremely frightened. So, maybe Trayvon was defending himself and they started to fight. And that's how George got his injuries. But George did have the gun and Trayvon had nothing but his hands which showed no injuries I believe. HMmmmm

    April 20, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Electroguy

      Trayvon was so scared he went and punched Zimmerman in the nose. uhuh. He was a thug.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      STOP THAT..LETS BE HONEST O.K. HOW MANY 17 YEAR OLD 'S DO YOU KNOW THAT RUN WHEN SOMEONE ASK THEM A QUESTION ??? RUNNING WAS A STUPID THING TO DO........IF MARTIN STOPPED AND ANSWER ONE QUESTION ? HE WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY...MARTIN WAS THE AGGRESSOR HERE... AGAIN FOLLOWING A PERSON IS NOT STALKING ONLY IF YOU DO IT MORE THAN 2–3 TIMES.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ewing

    The guy went out of his way to create a confrontation and was getting his butt kicked! The Republican / NRA paranoid "Stand Your Ground" law is a great danger to American society, period.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Electroguy

      The only confrontation was started by Trayvon. That is why he is dead.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      WRONG.. ZIMMERMAN JUST WANTED TO ASK MARTIN, WHAT ARE YOU UP TO ?? THAT IS LOOKING FOR A CONFRONTATION ?? NO...LOOK I KNOW HOW BLACK KIDS ARE , IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH FOR THAN TO LOSE THEIR COOL..

      April 20, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • DOG

      yes your correct .ahhh wait come to think of it. question. if im too old to box someone i guess i can be a prisoner in my own home.I DONT THINK SO

      April 21, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Concerned4Fla

    Quick question for the state of florida: should I purchase a handgun to protect myself from other people with guns, or are you going to assume that responsibility?

    April 20, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC

      YOU CAN USE A GUN IF YOUR LIFE IS IN GREAT DANGER ONLY......IF SOMEONE IS ON TOP OF YOU BEATING YOUR FACE IN AND YOU CAN'T GET AWAY-OR-DEFENSE YOURSELF ?? IS SELF DEFENSE LIKE ZIMMERMAN DID....I WAS WELL TRAINED ON THE PROPER USE OF A WEAPON.....I HAD CLASSES EVERY MORNING FOR 3 YEARS ON THE PROPER USE OF A WEAPON... BASE ON WHAT I KNOW SO FAR ?? ZIMMERMAN ACTED IN SELF DEFENSE. NOT GUILTY IF I WAS A JUROR.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • DICK

      only if you can pass the background check SQUEAKY CLEAN or no go

      April 21, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • gun lover

      concerned4Fla watch out cause the armed citizen could have body armor on

      April 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Raoul

    Hmm, battery against a police officer..sounds a tad violent

    April 20, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC

      POLICE SHOOT UNARMED BLACK KIDS ALL THE TIMES AND THEY GET AWAY WITH IT...SELF DEFENSE IS THEIR EXCUSE..

      April 20, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. May

    There is an awful lot of hate going around here, stop convicting the guy on a comment blog, let the courts do their job. As soon as a warrant was issued for his arrest, he turned himself in – geez – cut it out people!

    April 20, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • DICK

      ay its called discusion what should we do . call gore and tell him the internet he invented is too much too handle

      April 21, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Chava Peri

    I have been popped in the nose a few times myself, but I have not taken a gun and killed the person who did it. That is way too much of an overreaction. based on fear or hatred or ? Lock him in a room that plays "To Kill A Mockingbird" non-stop. Or "In the Heat of the Night" or "A Raisin in the Sun." or all three. continuously.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • k

      Maybe if it was dark and they were slamming your head on the concrete and went for your gun you'd feel differently.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Patti

      K – if the shooting happened as Zimmerman said why wasn't the body near the sidewalk Zimmerman claimed his head was smashed into. Martin's body was 80 ft from Zimmerman's car and sidewalk.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      YOU DO NOT SHOOT A PERSON IF THEY PUNCH YOU, BUT IF THEY TAKE DOWN TO THE GROUND AND YOU ARE ON YOUR BACK TAKING A BEATING AND YOU CAN'T DEFENSE YOURSELF ? IS SELF DEFENSE

      April 20, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • BMcGee

      There is a sidewalk that goes in between the back yards/courtyard. His cut looks very superficial, hardly a "bashing" which would certainly require medical attention, ya know? Not just wiping off the blood and off to the police station.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. hmcidc

    First and foremost I wish to state that this entire incident is an immeasurable tragedy in which a promising young life was lost and many other lives changed forever.
    For some reason that I do not understand why on top of this tragedy the mainstream media was spinning this story to intentionally fan the flames of racism and further divide an already divided society. Is it perhaps because it is clear that part of the Obama reelection strategy is to divide us along socioeconomic, gender, and racial lines and the mainstream media is just doing as they always have done and that is to follow the liberal agenda? Or is it the media’s attempt to sensationalize the story for ratings, or is there some other reason that I am just missing.
    When the media purposely edited the 911 tapes to make it sound as if this poor child was being pursued just because he was black, and their constant reference to Zimmerman as a “White Hispanic” it became clear the mainstream media is attempting to create racial tensions for some sort of agenda, the question is what? Yes, it is sad that the likes of Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson took the bait hook, line and sinker (not surprising, just sad) but the real question is why? Why is the media so obviously intentionally trying to manufacture racial tensions and why are they trying to turn this into a white vs black thing when the perpetrator isn’t even a Caucasian, he is Hispanic? To my untrained eye it does appear as if a horrible crime was committed by Zimmerman and he should not go unpunished AND it is clear that laws need to be changed that permit an obvious untrained neighborhood volunteer to be armed because that is just ridiculous however it is NOT clear that this was a hate crime or racially motivated and it IS clear that it has nothing to do with Caucasians against African Americans. If someone could shed some light on this I would be grateful.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • DICK

      hmcid too long

      April 21, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. B spielberg

    Wow so you can just shoot a young person because their black and walking home with their skittles and ice tea.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Red Blooded American

      YEah lest discount all the facts of the case and just concentrate on the race.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Electroguy

      hopefully yes.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. juskishi

    CM
    are you all really this simple minded? it made the news because a man admitted to killing a teenager and was let go simply because he said it was self defense. why is this so difficult for people to understand? when is the last time you heard someone say, "hey it was me who killed him. oh, it was just self defense. tell my wife i'll be home in a few?"

    um, how bout the murder of daniel adkins on april 3rd? a black guy killed an unarmed, mentally challenged guy claiming self defense. but you probably haven't heard about it because the MURDERER is black and the victim was white/hispanic, the exact opposite of the trayvon case. oh, and he admitted to shooting him but they haven't arrested him or even released his name. why not? oh that's right, because he's black. so there, now you have it. what do you have to say now, loser?

    April 20, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC

      POLICE SAID IT WAS SELF DEFENSE

      April 20, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
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