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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.
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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 >
A Florida judge delayed his decision today on whether to let George Zimmerman out of jail on bond a second time. Meanwhile, both prosecutors and the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin and laid out elements of their case at the bond hearing.
Judge Kenneth Lester revoked Zimmerman’s $150,000 bond earlier this month, believing the defendant and wife Shellie Zimmerman intentionally tried to mislead the court about their financial situation in April so he would be granted bond.
Zimmerman denies lying and wants the $150,000 reinstated.
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The lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s family is filing a formal request with the Justice Department, asking whether Florida prosecutors were negligent in not charging George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who killed him.
The Martin family wants to know why the Florida state attorney Norm Wolfinger allegedly overruled police who wanted to arrest Zimmerman on February 26.
Wolfinger stepped down from the case last month. Angela Corey, Wofinger’s replacement has been re-interviewing witnesses and examining evidence.
The case sparked questions nationwide about whether race played a role in theMore >
George Zimmerman’s father, Robert Zimmerman, says Trayvon Martin threatened to kill his son, then beat him to the point where he had no choice but to defend himself against the 17-year-old in Sanford, Fla., on February 26.
The elder Zimmerman spoke, on camera but without showing his face, to Orlando, Fla., TV station WOFL, to share his son’s side of the national story.
He claims Trayvon Martin attacked first and may have killed Zimmerman.
“It’s my understanding that Trayvon Martin got on top of him and just started beating him,” Robert Zimmerman told WOFL.More >
Fox News pundit Geraldo Rivera has issued an apology – or at least a response – to critics of his recent comments on slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
Rivera now infamously said (below) that the unarmed 17-year-old’s hoodie was to blame for his death as much as George Zimmerman, who shot him.
Realizing how monumentally offensive, insensitive and just plain wrong that comment was, Rivera is now walking back the statement … partially.
Rivera is standing by his message, and saying that while others took it as pure flame-fanning, he saw it more as honest, accurate and a PSA ofMore >