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.

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

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  1. Nospam

    At least he can finally get his day in court, be found innocent, then start suing the media that did everything it could to railroad him in the name of ratings. NBC is really going to have to watch out after they were caught manipulating the 911 call in attempts to make Zimmerman appear racist.

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

      Finally someone with a head!

      October 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I'd say your prediction of an innocent verdict is a bit premature. The fact is, he made a series of very bad choices, violated neighborhood watch policies, ignored the statements by the dispatcher that he was not needed to pursue his victim, ans was armed while on volunteer duty.

      October 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roalling


      1. Violated neighborhood watch policies – Legal
      2. Ignored the statements by the dispatcher that he was not needed to pursue his victim – Legal
      3. Was armed while on volunteer duty – Legal

      Sounds to me like Zimmerman was engaged in legal activities at the time he was assulated by Martin. With the Stand Your Ground law, he was within his legal rights to you deadly force, as long as he fealt he was threatened with serious injury or death.

      October 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      However, nothing you say implies that it was not Martin that initiated the physical assault, and that is what matters. When Zimmerman shot Martin, was he or was he not defending himself against a physical assault by Martin?

      No: Murder
      Yes: Self defense

      I have not heard any claim by the prosecution of "No" above, so I wonder what their position is as to who initiated the physical assault.

      Yes, Zimmerman apparently made some poor decisions – but that is not what "murder" is. Murder is the unjustified killing of a person. If there is justification for the killing (for example, self defence) then _by definition_, it is not murder.

      October 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
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      October 18, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • DJones

      I hate to bust your bubbles but in all likely hood Zimmerman will be found guilty. We have a dead young man who wasn't breaking any laws, nor was he caught in the act of breaking any laws, he was walking down the street. Zimmerman is known for his volatile temper, know for being physically abusive, has assaulted a police officer, and has lied to a judge and been caught in said lie. Zimmerman's only defense was his own testimony and that testimony is now useless. The coroner's report states that Martin had one tiny cut on his knuckles, so there goes the case for being brutally assaulted. We may never know what happened that night, but we do know that if Zimmerman wouldn't have initiated a confrontation, a confrontation that the police told him to avoid, Martin would be alive. As such he bears legal responsibility.

      October 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Judge

    If he had been black there wouldnt be a problem since blacks shoot eachother HOURLY in the us. If he had been white there would be millions of blacks taking to the streets to riot.. But since he is mexicAn lets try to find a new racial reasoning. You are so flipping stupid it should have been you that was put down.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • pdxmax

      Nice...another racist American. So proud to be a citizen of the "Land of the Free" with morons like you roaming around!

      October 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben Rivera

      Stereotypes are not always true but they exist for a reason.

      October 18, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Fact Check

      Well Judge let's flip the scenario, let's enslave your people and take them from their cultures and languages and way of life and families and make them work without pay while not allowing them to go to schools for 300 years and soon after replace slavery with a 100 year Jim Crow Law followed by Saturation of drugs and guns and despair that is happening to this day. Then create laws where if people fall for the bait they are stamped felons on them which is yet another type of cast system because you can't vote or even get a hired by anyone. Let's see how the experiment turns out if the roles were reversed. Let's put all of this crap in your neighborhood.

      October 25, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. jesse

    If he was black..... there wouldn't be a trial.... he would have copped a guilty plea for 15 yrs.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PassingThru

    G Zimmerman is like the old man in the neighborhood. Nothing better to do but harass the neighbors, calling the police over everything, looking for attention, hoping he would gain recognition for saving the day. Look where it got ya now.

    But really, June of next yr? One of the most visible cases in the country, and you push it out that far?

    October 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. arron jordan hall

    If he wasn't a threat why shoot y leave your home y follow him he intended on killing him its exactly what it looks like

    October 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pdxmax

    Who's the thug here? The child walking down the street holding a bag of Skittles in his hand, or the overzealous, gun nut, cop wanna-be chasing said child down the street? Zimmerman is the adult here. He is the one responsible. He kept chasing this kid, armed with a gun, when the cops told him not to. Who doesn't act a little weird when one is 17 years old?

    October 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • NB

      Thank you!! thats what ticks me off about everyone calling Martin a thug. He had just turned 17, so he is probably thinking like a 16 yr old still..truth be told, there is probably not much difference in a 16 yr old and 17 old frame of mind. Over half the people on this comment section have probably smoked week before the age of 21, or even drank. does that make them thugs too? I bet not. Zimmerman was 28, he had the maturity to make a better decision that night, but instead he reacted out of anger and aggression at the fact that he had no control over the police response and wanted to stop a person just because he thought he could. He has a history of aggression (his past arrests for assaults), talk about that why dont you!

      October 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben Rivera

      Tragic case but not murder homie

      October 18, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. kellyinniles

    Well maybe when they finally get this trial started the full truth will come out. I know this case has gotten way to much attention. Although it is also unfair to Trayvon's parents to keep having to deal with all of this for so long.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gompers

    Darn, I was hoping that the trial would be sooner, so we could maybe combine the riots over his acquittal with the riots when Barry loses the election.

    October 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nostrathomas22

    What ever happened to Atlanta's Olympic Park bomber? I suppose I could just Google that, but I'm too lazy to sift through all the Richard Jewel results. Although, Googling "ambulance chaser" would be a fun way to blow through Gloria Allred's pay per click ad budget.

    October 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NB

    If youre brave enough to admit it, how many of you have smoked weed or drank before the age of 21? maybe you were just young, immature and doing what most teenagers do, experimenting, finding yourself, testing the limits.. No, you were and still are a THUG!!! (for all those that feel the need to judge a teenager for his immature actions)..

    October 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sally

    The evidence will prove him innocent, he will be exonerated and walk a free man. Apologists for that punk thug Trayvon will feign indignation. Stand your ground!

    October 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Judy75201

    The Zimmerman men aligning themselves with the treehouse speaks volumes about whether racism has a part in this case or not. Omara should have left the elephant alone, lol.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kim

    In response to NB – learn to speak and spell

    October 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ben Rivera

    Gotta silence those that disagree ESPECIALLY when the facts don't support what you want to say.

    October 18, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. r87gh

    This is a very sad story. It baffles me that so many people are still bigots in this day and age. I was not there so I do not want to point blame at anyone. The facts at this time is there are three side to any story....your side, their side and then its the truth. Honestly we will only heard parts of George Zimmerman side, we will never hear Trayvon side and unless there were video cameras on sight we will never know the complete truth. People want to choose sides and condemn this person and that person when no one can say what did or did not transpire or who was the aggressor. I think some of these comments are posted just to create more tension on these situations

    October 18, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
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