George Zimmerman "Stand Your Ground" Hearing
Happening around the state, George Zimmerman, the man who says he killed Trayvon Martin in self defense... was back in court Tuesday.
He waived his right to a "Stand Your Ground" hearing.
Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law allows for immunity if a defendant can prove he acted in self defense.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder.
His attorney, Mark O'Mara, addressed accusations that Zimmerman is prejudiced against black people.
"This case has taken on a huge significance well beyond the facts of the case. Trayvon Martin was not profiled because he was black, George is not a racist. It was an event where two lives intersected and one of them got extraordinarily aggressive. The evidence supports that was Trayvon Martin," said O'Mara.
You may remember, Zimmerman told police he shot the unarmed 17-year-old in self-defense last year during a struggle over Zimmerman's gun.
Yesterday's decision does not prevent his attorneys from arguing for immunity before the trial-- which is set to start June 10th.
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