George Zimmerman trial set for June 10, defense attorney says
October 17th, 2012
09:45 AM ET

George Zimmerman trial set for June 10, defense attorney says

George Zimmerman will go on trial June 10 for the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman's lawyer said Wednesday.

The neighborhood watch volunteer is charged with second-degree murder.  Zimmerman has claimed self-defense in the February 26 shooting, saying Martin charged him after the two exchanged words, knocked him to the ground and banged his head repeatedly against a concrete sidewalk.

Prosecutors say Zimmerman profiled Martin as a criminal and killed him, even though the teenager was doing nothing wrong.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty.

Martin's death sparked nationwide protests and inflamed public passions over race relations and gun control, as well as Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law.

More details emerge in Trayvon Martin investigation

What happened that night?

New documents shed light on Trayvon Martin killing'

FBI analysis - Zimmerman's 911 call (pdf - strong language)

- In Session's Jean Casarez contributed to this report.

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  1. m1

    However when its Trevor Dooley asserting his self defense and SYG claim, Florida LEO and DA's all media outlets and the general public have a different standard.

    October 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. danny

    The prosecution's only case is the falsehoods that were protrayed by the media in order to inflame the minorities. They tried to convince the public that this was a little 12 year boy with nothing but candy and coke on his mind. Rather than a nineteen year old deliquent that was only there because he had been suspended from school for drugs and fighting. Hopefully Zimmerman will win his acquital and be able to bring leagl proceeding against the liberal press that delibertly tried to incite roits around the country.

    October 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cajunwoman

    Thanks to our biais media this man was not an innocent black boy, he was trouble a thug. They started a racial profile by everyone. Yes our prisions are full of black men but why are they there is it because they are black or just maybe they broke the law i do know some mistakes are made but to sugest they are being profiled. Then the media has to streach and remodel th truth stirring an already volatile situtation. They need to find another job. Obama is also using tje racial card and they wonder why we are fed up.
    Ehe truth.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. dmz

    everyone cries foul here, What if the young kid had killed Zimmerman, while fighting for the gun. and the kid says the gun went off while fighting, "SELF DEFENSE" , case closed. the young kid did not have a sign on him, saying that am a kid, 17 years old and I old have a coke and candy on me. Here's a situtation that got out of hand and the young kid died. Zimmerman has injures to his head and face. So, you have reason to believe it was "self defense" on his part that night.

    October 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • retrostar1000

      That point is moot. None of this would have happened if Zimmerman had minded his own business and listened to police when they told him not to follow Martin.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • intrepidorator

      retrostar1000 your point that a neighborhood watch person should have minded his own business is silly. If justice is what you want then it is true justice or all, including Zimmerman. If the facts of the case say that Martin was an innocent victim, then Zimmerman should go to jail. But if Zimmerman was defending himself from an attacker, then Zimmerman should go free and he should sue those that tried to railroad him.

      December 4, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. trex

    ...Zim shot and killed an UNARMED juvie. I dont care if the kid J walked 4 years ago. Zim KILLED AN UNARMED KID, ON A PUBLIC STREET. Zim then LIED TO THE SITTING JUDGE, and insisted on another Judge. Yin/Yang says the new Judge will fry him.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • trex

      .and remember what the 911 officer said to Zim when he told 911 he was stalking the kid..............."WE DONT NEED YOU TO DO THAT"..................Zim goin' down, HARD.................

      October 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jackyl66

    Blacks are far moe racist than whites or hispanics. 99% of black people are voting for Obama cause he's black but if there was a report of 99% of the white people voting for Romney all hell would break loose. That race card bit is losing its effect.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fact Check

      More whites voted for Obama. That's how he got into office. And most blacks did not vote for Obama just because he was black because if Obama was talking like Herman Cain, I bet you he wouldn't have nearly as many votes. They voted for him because he was the better man and was saying the right things and didn't have clowns like Sarah Palin and Joe the plumber on his side....LOL Remember Joe the Plumber? LOL

      October 25, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      Zimmerman pursued Trayvon. Because he pursued him he is the initiator. Therefore Trayvon defended himself in response. Thus the only one who can claim "self-defense" is Trayvon Martin. It is simple logic. I don't care what color anybody was that night, Zimmerman was WRONG, and is guilty of murder.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. max3333444555

    zimmerman should go to trial since there is a question around what happened.

    those here that want to act as juge and jury based on media reports are not doing anyone a service. right now, he is innocent. once of the strongest parts of our justice system is innocent until PROVEN guilty and a right to trial. we shouldnt throw all that out because we have a political point to make or a racial axe to grind.

    October 22, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Paper Moon

    Zimmerman's account is unbelievale except to those who want to find him not guilty. Zimmerman claimed Martin was on top of and straddling him when Zimmerman pulled his gun out from his hip holster. If Martin is straddling him, his legs are between Zimmerman's hands and his gun. He wants people to believe he reached around Martin's legs to grab the gun, brought the gun back around the legs, angled the gun at Martin's chest in a way that the bullet would not enter at an upward angle, and fired. Meanwhile, Martin who is supposedly on top of him and who had been reaching for the gun was not able to push it away so that Zimmerman was able to get off such a clean shot. Really?! And as this is going on, Zimmerman is supposedly screaming for HELLLLP in a plaintive cry up to a split second before the gunshot is heard. Zimmerman also claimed Martin was holding his hands over his mouth to keep him from screaming. The police recorded Zimmerman trying to re-enact his cries for help after the incident. The recordings were on the Orlando Sentinnel web site. His yells are not anywhere close to the screams heard in the 911 tape. Zimmerman's account does not hold water.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • intrepidorator

      The eye witnesses say that Martin was on top of Zimmerman.. The fact that Martin has no injuries to his face shows that Zimmerman did not hit Martin. There is no evidence that Zimmerman did anything except defend himself. If Zimmerman had allowed Martin to knock him out, he would have been defenseless. No one can allow themselves to be defenseless against a brutal attacker.

      December 4, 2012 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Danimal

    If I was black, I would be good at sports. But im white and Fat. Sun of a Gun.

    October 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ADV BLM

    I've been waiting for this for a long time! Zim going down. All the lies he's been telling (proved only through his constant inconsistencies) will come to light and we will all celebrate when the guilty verdict is read. Justice for Trayvon! From, Cape Town, SA

    October 23, 2012 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jacque Ballard

    I don't undertand what trail some of the Legal analysis are listening, both the female and male detective stated that they took his movement and his verbal response, to mean if was not his son, however they never said these were Mr. Tracy Martin's exact words. My brother was killed when I was 19 and I remember my mom and Dad never being able to talk about this for over 5 years. I am a parent and I know when something of this nature happen you are not able to really focus on anything but the lost. Would I have been able to hear or even care about questions "no" not at that time.

    July 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
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