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George Zimmerman’s attorneys stunned court observers Tuesday when they waived their client’s right to a “Stand Your Ground” pretrial hearing.
That hearing, scheduled for April, could have led to a dismissal of the charges in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012.
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain in his Sanford, Fla., subdivision, shot and killed the teen, who was visiting a house in the area.
He claimed self-defense but faces second-degree murder charges. The move allows the defense more time to prepare for the trial this summer.
It alsoMore >
In an interview that airs tonight on Fox News – more excerpts from which we’ll run tomorrow – George Zimmerman issues an emotional apology to the parents of Trayvon Martin.
Asked if he has a message for the family of the late 17-year old – who Zimmerman admits to shooting – the man on trial for his murder responds:
“I would tell them that, again, I’m sorry… I am sorry that [Trayvon's parents] buried their child … I can’t imagine what it must feel like and I pray for them daily.”
This interview represents the first public statements Zimmerman has made onMore >
George Zimmerman has been accused of a new heinous crime.
In just-released audio tapes related to the Trayvon Martin shooting, a family friend – who simply goes by the moniker “Witness9″ – tells authorities that Zimmerman sexually molested her many times between the ages of 6 and 16.
“He would reach under the blankets and try to do things,” the woman says, adding that the incidents mostly took place at Zimmerman’s parents’ house. “I would try to push him off, but he was bigger, stronger and older.”
The unidentified female was contacted by prosecutors about a month after the MartinMore >
George Zimmerman’s bail has been revoked after a judge said he misled the court about his finances. Trayvon Martin’s killer must turn himself in by Sunday.
During Zimmerman’s bail hearing in April, after which he was freed on $150,000 bond, his family testified they had limited funds, prosecutors said on Friday.
Zimmerman’s wife “said she had no money, but in fact she did,” said prosecutor Bernardo de la Rionda of the issue that led to Zimmerman’s bail revocation.
“It was misleading … I don’t know what other words to use. It was a blatant lie.”
He pointed to $135,000 in funds raised fromMore >
The attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family claims there have been strategic leaks of records in the case intended to benefit defendant George Zimmerman.
Attorney Benjamin Crump said on Wednesday he wants “full transparency” in the case, and called for all the police files on the subject to be released.
After several news outlets were given access to a sealed medical examiner’s report on Martin and a police report on Zimmerman, Crump was incensed.
“It was leaked for a beneficial purpose, certainly to help George Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense,” he said. “This report needs to be vettedMore >
Bill Cosby has weighed in on the Trayvon Martin case, but NOT on the subject of race.
The famed comedian told the Washington Times that firearms in the wrong hands are the problem, and that neighborhood watch volunteers like George Zimmerman, who shot and killed the unarmed teen, should not be allowed to carry guns.
“We’ve got to get the gun out of the hands of people who are supposed to be on neighborhood watch,” Cosby said in his first public remarks about the case.
“Without a gun, I don’t see Mr. Zimmerman approaching Trayvon by himself,” Cosby added. “The power-of-the-gun mentalityMore >
George Zimmerman will face criminal charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.
According to a senior law enforcement quoted by CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC and the Associated Press, the neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Fla., will be charged criminally in the February 26 case that has captivated the nation.
A legal analyst said earlier that the most likely charge would be manslaughter, but it was just announced that Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges.
A press conference announcing the decision took place at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Angela Corey, the special prosecutor appointed by Florida Gov.More >