George Zimmerman to Be Charged
Trayvon Martin’s murder case swept the nation as thousands of people marched while wearing hoodies with the hopes that justice would be served. Trayvon Martin may finally get the justice that he deserves if George Zimmerman is charged with 2nd degree murder.
Murder in the second degree, under Florida law, refers to a killing carried out without premeditation but with “a depraved mind regardless of human life.” If convicted, Zimmerman faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Zimmerman turned himself in and was taken to Seminole County Jail on Wednesday. At his hearing on Thursday, Zimmerman did not enter a plea although his attorney said that he would plea not guilty. He will, however, plea at his arraignment on May 29th. His bond hearing is set for next Friday.
O’Mara is expected to ask the judge for a hearing to determine whether Zimmerman acted under Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law, which gives people a broad right to use deadly force when they feel threatened.
“It is going to be a facet of this defense, I’m sure,” he said in an interview. “That statute has some troublesome portions to it, and we’re now going to have some conversations and discussions about it as a state. But right now it is the law of Florida and it is the law that is going to have an impact on this case.”
For all the relief among civil rights activists over the arrest, legal experts warned there is a real chance the case could get thrown out before it ever goes to trial because of the “stand your ground” law.
Zimmerman’s attorney will only have to prove that it was self-defense at a pretrial hearing in order for the 2nd degree murder charges to go out the window. His attorney, Mark O’Mara, is fearful of Zimmerman’s safety. For that reason, he is staying alone in a cell designed for two inmates. O’Mara might also file a motion to disqualify the randomly assigned judge.
In a short status hearing Friday afternoon, Circuit Court Judge Jessica Reckseidler spoke with O’Mara via telephone about whether she should recuse herself based on her husband’s connection with Mark NeJame, a CNN analyst who has commented on the case.
These trials have long been awaited by people all over the nation. Trayvon could have easily been anyone of us. If it is no longer safe to wear a hoodie, drink tea, and eat skittles then we have no hope left for the world.
Hoodies? I wear that. Arizona? I drink that. Skittles? I eat that. Justice? I want that. Trayvon Martin? Didn’t deserve that.
Posted on April 13, 2012, in Entertainment and tagged arizona, candy, CNN, Florida, George Zimmerman, justice, Mark O'Mara, Murder, O'Mara, skittles, sweet tea, Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.