Zimmerman Case -Florida

George Zimmerman Trayvon Martin Murder Case

George Zimmerman
George Michael Zimmerman, born October 5, 1983, was a part-time student at Seminole State College and a neighborhood watch captain at the Retreat at Twin Lakes gated community in Sanford at the time of the shooting. He is married to Shellie (Dean) Zimmerman and is the son of Robert and Gladys Zimmerman. His father is German descent and his mother is Peruvian with some black ancestry. Zimmerman's voter registration record lists him as Hispanic and a registered Democrat.

Trayvon Benjamin Martin, born February 5, 1995, was a 17-year-old African-American high school student who lived in Miami Gardens, Florida with his mother Sybrina Fulton. In February 2012, Martin was visting his father Tracy Martin in Sanford, Florida after receiving a ten-day suspension from Krop Senior High School. The suspension stemmed from the discovery of drug residue in Martin's book bag.
On February 26, 2012. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida was on patrol. He calls 911 to report "a suspicious person"in the neighborhood. He is instructed not to get out of his SUV or approach the person. Zimmerman disregards the instructions. Moments later, neighbors report hearing gunfire. Zimmerman acknowledges that he shot Martin, claiming it was in self-defense. In a police report, Officer Timothy Smith writes that Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and back of the head.
On June 24, 2013 The trial began with opening statements.
After 5 weeks of trial the jury can find Zimmerman guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of manslaughter, or not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
If the jury finds Zimmerman guilty of second-degree murder, he faces a maximum of life in prison. If they find him guilty of manslaughter, he faces a maximum 30-year prison sentence.
The verdict will be read in Circuit Court Judge Debra Nelson's courtroom at the Seminole County courthouse about an hour after the jury decides.
That's because some time is needed for the attorneys and others in the case to assemble back in the courtroom to hear the verdict. Court officials have said they will allow as much as one hour for that to happen.
During the trial, jurors heard from an array of witnesses, including police, forensics experts and Zimmerman's neighbors at the Retreat at Twin Lakes, where he shot Trayvon amid a struggle minutes after reporting the teen to police as suspicious. 
No one who testified saw how the fatal conflict between the Neighborhood Watch volunteer and the high school junior from Miami Gardens began.

George Zimmerman Treyvon Martin case verdict

The jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial has found Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.

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