Zimmerman Trial: Self-Defense
GAINESVILLE - There is no doubt in anyone's mind that George Zimmerman shot teenager, Trayvon Martin. Now zimmerman's lead attorney, Mark O'Mara must convince the jury that his client pulled a 9 mm handgun and fired a bullet because he feared for his life and that the fear prompted him to defend himself with deadly force.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, acknowledged that he shot the unarmed 17-year-old, but said martin physically attacked him and he fired in self-defense. According to Kenneth Nunn, a law professor at the University of Florida, the Stand Your Ground law has very little to do with this self-defense case.
"Stand Your Ground has something to do with this case, but not a whole lot in my view because basically you would have to prove: A. That you were not the initial aggressor or in other words that you did not start this whole conflict. And B. You would have to show that you had the right to use deadly force in self defense anyway," Nunn said.
Earlier, Zimmerman waived his right to a Stand Your Ground pretrial immunity hearing. Now prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that zimmerman's actions weren't premeditated. Tune in Sunday night (June 9, 2013) at 11, as I explore the difference between the Stand Your Ground law and self-defense. We will also have gavel to gavel coverage of the trial starting Monday.
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