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. ps

    I wonder if it will be on tv

    October 17, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Keel Hauler

      I'd be very surprised if it wasn't, although I think it's a mistake. But we must inflame the masses with media hype.....

      October 17, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. MastrHeadHunter

    JUNE!!?? REALLY!!?? So much for the right to a speedy trial huh?

    October 17, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • keith

      The defense would probably prefer to have the trial delayed so that the public forgets about the incident and it isn't under constant media attention.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Don P

      I speedy trial is an option for the defense not the prosecution. The defense can choose not to have one.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Intellectual

      The right to a speedy trial is in because the inmate would sit in prison and rot while waiting for his trial.

      Zimmerman is out on bail. Hes not even in jail at the moment. His right to a speedy trial isnt relevant because he is already out.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • seyedibar

      it's not the defense stalling. It's the prosecution. But the reasoning is likely the same. They want the public to forget this because their chances of a conviction are not good.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Sure

      Stupid – It's called a fair trial. They wait so they can attempt to find an impartial jury. Read a book.

      October 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoulsistaWoo

      @seyedibar... Actually George Zimmerman and the Defense Waived his right to a speedy trial.

      Also, when you say the prosecution's chances of a conviction are not good... I KNOW you have not looked at the evidence in the case.

      October 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. john-117

    The fact that he is even on trial is a great injustice to the stand your ground law.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Darrold Larson

      Time for george to face the music.He should get the death penilty...

      October 17, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • jen58

      again, someone that clearly does not understand the stand your ground law....may zimmerman rot in jail for a long time

      October 17, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • mistamista

      I'm glad that you're not an attorney. Stand Your Ground does NOT defend murderers.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • evan

      an armed man was told to wait in his car for the police to arrive, Instead he approached an innocent civilian and then killed him... This man should be on trial, If treyvon went out of his way to confront zimmerman than things would be different . An armed 30 year old male with an abusive past approached a 17 year old and killed him

      October 17, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Richards

      John-177, neither you or I know what happened that night, so a trial may be the right thing (or maybe not)

      Darrold, Jen, mistamista and evan, you are all jumping the gun also. I see a great deal of speculation in your posts and a willingness to assume guilt without waiting for the outcome of a trial.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Sure

      Wow, alot of people on here today are stupid. I say stupid because you can't even think for yourself.

      October 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoulsistaWoo

      George Z was NOT standing his ground... he was the aggressor and that is why MOM chose NOT TO use stand your ground... Because it do not apply to GZ. Neither does self-defense... But that will all come out at trial.

      October 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rick

    To long to go to trial. I dint see why it should take a year.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • iWillNotLose

      delay...that way it won't be fresh on people's minds...the emotions surrounding it will have died down a lot by then

      October 17, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack 63

      It's gonna take them that long to find 18 jurors. Yes I know there are 12 on a jury.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. marabou22

    Now I gotta wait for this AND breaking bad?! man.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. lindaluttrell

    As nuch controversy as this incident has caused, I do hope it will be televised! Once and for all the public can get to the truth of this matter.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lewis

    That's eight months from now. Wow.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. rickygf

    Get this crap over with, my opinion is he'll walk out a free man

    October 17, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. sir

    and remember folks, trayvon could have been omama's son.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ustas

    There is nothing controversial about "Stand your ground" law. It is justified to protect oneself. The fact that he was even charged is a travesty and an indication how messed up our judicial system has become where a man is charged by doing nothing wrong under the law............

    October 17, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • keith

      He followed someone, started a fight with him, and then we he was losing he shot and killed him. That is not what the stand your ground law was designed to protect.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • LSimon

      He's lucky he isn't in TX. He would go before a grand jury fairly quickly. All gun incidents, including the police, go before a grand jury here. It is not assumed that if you say "I killed in self defense" that is the gospel. That would be stupid. There'd be so many more dead people across Florida, Texas and wherever this law is in effect and no one would have to prove it was just because they lost control of their passions (senses) and killed someone. George wasn't standing his ground – that's why they dropped that as a defense. You aren't standing your ground if you chase what you perceive to be a threat. Ask the Fireman here in TX who went to the birthday party with his cell phone, gun and camcorder. He's serving 40 years for "standing his ground."

      October 17, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • peter

      How many people in prison claim they did nothing wrong? If trials were based on that, we would have no judicial system. The point of the judicial system is to determine if someone did wrong. Your statement merely shows your lack of understanding of the judicial system and you choose to degrade it instead of learning about it.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Richards


      You were not there

      You do not know who started the fight

      October 17, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • MMS

      Your comment shows that you are not the least bit concerned with critical thinking. That (no concern for critical thinking) alone underscores why there is a task force reviewing the law. The law's interpretation is flimsy, at best. And any person who thinks that Zimmerman's actions are definitively covered under the law is especially just hell bent on making him innocent. Regardless (and Florida should be embarrassed this isn't part of the law), stand your ground shouldn't be a "take the word of whomever is speaking" law and disregard critical thinking and common sense.

      It doesn't matter where people stand on this case. The proper thing to do in this situation is ask questions, and in this case specifically, have a trial because there is evidence that Zimmerman may have overstepped his boundaries and not actually "standing his ground." If he's found to be innocent, then great. But, ignoring the 911 call and Trayvon's death is ridiculously asinine and truly shows no justice. Anyone can "claim" to be "standing" his ground. And the fact that Florida's law doesn't account for this, means the law needs to be revisited–period! Anyone who thinks otherwise is just being silly or ignorant or, dare I say it, racist.

      October 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Highly Motivated

    Court system is so screwed up. They convict innocent people every day. They offer the accused a 'crap shoot' with their life and freedom when they offer them a so called 'plea bargain'. Accused often feel forced to plead guilty becuse it is cheaper and even though they have done nothing wrong.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. charli

    Florida sucks, worst place in the world. no due process, its all who you know. Any where else this guy would be free and case closed.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Keel Hauler

      Yep. I live there, and I see the injustice all the time. The guilty go free, and the innocent get rail-roaded.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Keel Hauler

    "Stand Your Ground" has been trampled under in favor of placating certian special-interest parties.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dazmonique

    I hope he will at least get some prison time. Even a year or so.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Richards

      I hope he will get a fair trial, free of political considerations or media hype. Then if he is guilty put him away, if he is not guilty let him walk.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. Me

    ...and Travon "the thug" Martin is still dead.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
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