Breaking: Zimmerman to be charged in Martin shooting; Update: Zimmerman arrested, charged with 2nd-degree murder

posted at 2:56 pm on April 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

So says the Washington Post:

Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting ofTrayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation.

It was not immediately clear what charge Zimmerman will face. …

Corey told reporters Tuesday night that she would hold a news conference about the case within 72 hours. A news release from her office said the event will be held in Sanford or Jacksonville, Fla.

The latest update on the case before now was that his attorneys had resigned from the case, and that they had lost contact with Zimmerman.  Given the bounties that groups like the New Black Panther Party tried to put on his head, his disappearance is somewhat understandable.  Today, former Zimmerman attorney Hal Uhrig expanded on what he knew about Zimmerman’s whereabouts:

“You can stop looking in Florida,” Uhrig told reporters. “Look much further away than that.”

A few days ago, I wrote that we needed to let the investigation proceed and have the facts established on the record, rather than to continue speculating through the prism of media bias and competing agendas, as has been the case for the last couple of weeks.  If the Post proves accurate with this report, it appears that the special prosecutor in the case has found evidence that Zimmerman’s use of lethal force does not meet the statutory requirements for its use in self-defense.  That evidence will have to be weighed by a jury, and they will have to decide whether the prosecutor can prove that case to a reasonable doubt.

Of course, a trial can’t start until Zimmerman returns to the jurisdiction, if in fact he’s left it at all.  But thanks to the way that this case has been handled by the media and by activists, there will be some reasonable doubt as to whether Zimmerman can get a fair trial.  Media outlets broadcast defamatory and false information about Zimmerman, and some even became activists themselves in the case.  Florida should be able to find twelve people who can fairly judge the evidence presented at trial and only that evidence, but it won’t be an easy task to seat such a panel.

Finally, as I suspected all along, the Stand Your Ground law appears to have nothing to do with this case (although it still might be argued by the defense, of course).  If the law was a problem, the prosecutor wouldn’t be able to file charges against Zimmerman.  This case will hinge instead on the normal, core self-defense laws governing the use of lethal force.  Let’s hope we can all wait to see the evidence and weigh it properly in that context when the time comes.

Update: CNS News provides more insight on why Stand Your Ground is irrelevant in this case, courtesy of Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski of Liberty University School of Law:

Under any version of the facts, Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law did not apply in the Trayvon Martin incident. If Zimmerman pursued a confrontation with Martin, then Zimmerman was an attacker and cannot claim SYG. If Zimmerman’s account is true that he was on the ground and Martin was on top of him, then retreat was impossible, so there would be no duty to retreat anyway. A victim in such a situation can use deadly force, but only if he reasonably believes he is being attacked with deadly force.

To our knowledge, that is the law in all fifty states. It was the law before SYG statutes were ever passed, and SYG did nothing to change it.

So why is this not common knowledge after all the reporting on the Martin shooting? Tragically, some anti-gun activists are misinforming the public. They are aided by media commentators who failed the public trust by not researching and understanding the SYG issue before presuming to editorialize on it.

The police are usually not at hand when you are attacked by a criminal. The Second Amendment guarantees the right of law-abiding people to defend themselves. And laws like Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground have restored that right in states where it had been eroded, not to take innocent life, but instead to preserve it.

Be sure to read it all, as they also discuss the high standard involving the legitimate use of lethal force.

Update II: The prosecutor filed second-degree murder charges, and the AP reports that Zimmerman has been arrested:

The neighborhood watch volunteer who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was arrested and charged with second-degree murder Wednesday after months of mounting tensions and protests across the country.

George Zimmerman, 28, could get up to life in prison if convicted in the slaying of the unarmed black teenager.

Special prosecutor Angela Corey announced the charges but would not discuss how she arrived at them or disclose other details of her investigation, saying: “That’s why we try cases in court.”

Second-degree murder is typically brought in cases when there is a fight or other confrontation that results in death and but does involve a premeditated plan to kill.

Manslaughter would have been another option, so it’s interesting that she went with murder two.  I assume that this means the prosecution believes they can prove that Zimmerman pursued Martin and shot him, but we’ll know more when the preliminary hearing comes.

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Zimmerman LEFT his vehicle after he was told by the police that he did not need to follow the person.

Wrong.

Zimmerman was suppose to be at the club house, but was no where near it.

Wrong.

The “eye witness” that you said saw Martin on top, does not prove anything that Martin charged Zimmerman, it only shows that he was winning the fight.

It proves Zimmerman’s story. There is not one shred of evidence for your story.

IF Zimmerman provoked the fight, and Martin happend to be winning, that is not stand your ground defense, Martin was defending himself and happen to win till Zimmerman pulled his gun.

There is zero evidence that Zimmerman provoked anything.

How was Martin to know that Zimmerman was a watchman?

Irrelivant. You cannot beat someone up just because they are following you.

Martin was doing NOTHING wrong to be confronted, he was walking home.

He was not confronted, he was acting suspisiously and the neghborhood watch capatin called the police on him – which is exactly what neighborhood watches are supposed to do.

You people are dead in the head to still defend Zimmerman, it is fact he left his truck and contronted Martin, YOU NOR I know what was said or happen, but we do know that Zimmerman did in fact have some negative comments about “These asses always get away” or something like that.

That is not fact, he did not leave his truck to confront Martin, he wanted to keep track of him so he could direct the police to where he was.

That would point to him trying to keep him from getting away, which would be unlawful detention by Zimmerman, and Martin allowed to defend himself.

Wrong, no evidence for this at all.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Your vesrion of events simply don’t add up.

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Because you cant handle the truth. You probably are against abortion, but for gun rights and killing a kid armed with skittles.

Zimmerman should never of followed this kid, and Zimmerman has admitted to following him, that is not standing your ground, that is being the aggressor according to the law.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Why? Police screwed this investigation up completely.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM

According to your gal pal, Corey in her presser, they did not.

And show me proof other than an unattributed comment by you that the parents really said that and that it is true? Better, prove that the girl wanted to come in.

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Oh, no…Damian is about to go full Chudi on us! Run everybody…she’s about to blow!!!

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

You probably are against abortion, but for gun rights and killing a kid armed with skittles.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I am against abortion, and for gun rights.

And if some 6’3″ football player was beating by brains out against a concrete sidewalk, I would shoot him (likely more than once), regardless of his choice in confectionery treats.

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Zimmerman LEFT his vehicle after he was told by the police that he did not need to follow the person.
Wrong.

Really? Try actually reading what happend instead of making things up as you go along:

DISPATCHER: Are you following him?

Zimmerman: Yeah

DISPATCHER: Ok, We don’t need you to do that.

Zimmerman: Ok

Zimmerman was suppose to be at the club house, but was no where near it.
Wrong.

Again check your facts:

911 dispatcher:

Alright, George, we do have them on the way. Do you want to meet with the officer when they get out there?

Zimmerman:

Yeah.

911 dispatcher:

Alright, where are you going to meet with them at?

Zimmerman:

Um, if they come in through the gate, tell them to go straight past the clubhouse and, uh, straight past the clubhouse and make a left and then go past the mailboxes you’ll see my truck. [3:10]

The man said that before opening his window and looking out, he had heard angry voices outside. “There was a loud, predominant voice. I couldn’t hear the words but this is not a regular conversation,” he said. “This is someone aggressively yelling at someone.”

He said there was a lull but the argument resumed and that was when he decided to see what was going on.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Really? Try actually reading what happend instead of making things up as you go along:

A 911 operator is not a police officer. Also, he was already out of the car when the 911 operator recommended that he not follow, and Zimmerman agreed. Your story is a fabrication.

Again check your facts:

Zimmerman was not “supposed” to be at the clubhouse, he used it as a landmark to help the police find him. Your story is a fabrication.

Since you need to tell outright lies to keep your narrative going, you might want to stop digging that hole, when you’re already over your head.

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I think damian use to work at NBC. lol!

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I think damian use to work at NBC. lol!

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Even the far left idiots at NBC would blush at using the outright lies damian has used in this topic.

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Definitely worth a read:

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM

My take is, the prosecution’s entire case is based off the girlfriend’s supposed recollection of the cell phone conversation?

You have to be kidding me.

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

My take is, the prosecution’s entire case is based off the girlfriend’s supposed recollection of the cell phone conversation?

You have to be kidding me.

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

That and having your nose broken, your head banged on the ground & the guy grabbing for your weapon equals a mere slap.

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Rebar, damian1967 is a leftist troll. He made a few claims yesterday and then claimed he didn’t say them. He also completely ran away from a few of his statements when they were shown to be total BS.

He attacked me for criticizing NYC212 over his race batiting/smearing, but said nothing to or about NYC. What does that tell you?

Hard Right on April 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

AoShq has a good post: http://minx.cc/?post=328369

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Hard Right on April 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Please show me where I attacked you for NYC212 statements? I never did. Is that all you do is lie when you do not agree with someone?

I was accused of being racist yesterday but have not said ONE racist comment as of yet.

If you cant back it up with a link, I want an apology. Because you cant back it up.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 7:16 PM

His Nose was NOT broken. More lies and want to be truths to back up your claim.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Let me ask a question, if someone is on top of you, and you shot them in the chest, wouldnt you have their blood on you?

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM

http://ionenewsone.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/zimmerman-thumb-400xauto-32375.jpg

Doesnt look like a broken nose to me…

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Rebar, damian1967 is a leftist troll.

Hard Right on April 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Yeah he is, I’m toying with him at this point.

His Nose was NOT broken. More lies and want to be truths to back up your claim.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I already provided a link to where his nose was broken – why should I continue to converse with you, when you don’t even read my posts?

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 7:33 PM

http://ionenewsone.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/zimmerman-thumb-400xauto-32375.jpg

Doesnt look like a broken nose to me…

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Uh, that photo is 7 years old, you idiot.

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 7:33 PM

No you did not provide a link, the only proof that he had a broken nose out there, is his former lawyers that never actually met face to face with him, saying Zimmerman said he had a broken nose.

The police report says he had an apparent injury near the nose, but did not say it was broken.

I want proof, otherwise what you post is a lie. As usual.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I want proof, otherwise what you post is a lie. As usual.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I have his lawyers statement his nose was broken, you have… what… nothing.

There is also the statement from the funeral director who prepared Martin’s body for burial, that besides the gunshot wound there wasn’t a scratch on him.

So one guy with a broken nose and multiple other injuries consistant with being jumped on and beaten, and one guy without a scratch on him.

Who was stalking who?

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Only you would think that his attys would not have obtained his medical records or see the photos his father said he took. Please stop your ridiculous arguments.

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM

You have a statement from lawyers that never met Zimmerman, and have no medical report that his nose was broken.

Lies.

A funeral Director says no injury except gun shot wound? I find that hard to believe, if he broke Zimmermans nose he would of had some kind of marks on his hands.

Yeah no scratch on him except a deathly gun shot hole.

Zimmerman was able to go to the police station, never go to a hospital, that shows immenant bodily harm was happening?

Keep reaching, eventually you will find something logical.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 7:42 PMThe father who called the police to get Zimmerman off, your going to believe him? Of course he will say anything to defend his son, doesnt make it true.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

You have a statement from lawyers that never met Zimmerman, and have no medical report that his nose was broken.

Lies.

A funeral Director says no injury except gun shot wound? I find that hard to believe, if he broke Zimmermans nose he would of had some kind of marks on his hands.

Yeah no scratch on him except a deathly gun shot hole.

Zimmerman was able to go to the police station, never go to a hospital, that shows immenant bodily harm was happening?

Keep reaching, eventually you will find something logical.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Zimmerman went for medical care, I’m sure he has perfect documentation of his injuries, which his lawyer would have full knowledge of.

And you can break someone’s nose without scratching your hands, and holding someone’s head while you pound it into the sidewalk wouldn’t scratch your hands either. If Zimmerman jumped him, he would have SOME kind of injury somewhere – he didn’t.

Every bit of evidence shows Zimmerman lost Martin, started back to his car, when Martin worked himself into a rage, turned and stalked Zimmerman, jumped him, and tried to kill him. So far, you’ve shown no evidence of anything, just endlessly repeating lies that have been repeatedly refuted.

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 7:42 PMThe father who called the police to get Zimmerman off, your going to believe him? Of course he will say anything to defend his son, doesnt make it true.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Right. Everyone is going to lie — the attys, the father, etc., about the broken nose and at trial they are going to say, surprise!

You realize how stupid you sound? Sheesh! You are crazy. And you have repeatedly been caught in lies.

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Thank you. My keyboard is messed up and I can barely type on it. This damian is a dishonest whackjob.

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 7:56 PM

This damian is a dishonest whackjob.

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 7:56 PM

My guess – LGF troll.

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Harvard Prof. Alan Dershowitz: Zimmerman Arrest Affidavit ‘Irresponsible And Unethical’

“This affidavit does not even make it to probable cause,” Dershowitz concluded. “everything in the affidavit is completely consistent with a defense of self-defense. Everything.”

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/harvard-prof-alan-dershowitz-zimmerman-arrest-affidavit-irresponsible-and-unethical/

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Dershowitz called the affidavit justifying Zimmerman’s arrest “not only thin, it’s irresponsible.” He went on to criticize the decision to charge Zimmerman for second degree murder by special prosecutor Angela Cory as being politically motivated.

Oh, this is hilarious!

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I dont believe for a minute he went for medical treatment, because the cops would of done that and it would of been noted somewhere.

Also, no body damage to Martin means absolutely nothing, Martin could of jumped Zimmerman for the same reasons Zimmerman is claiming, “Stand Your Ground” if Zimmerman pulled his gun on him.

There is NO witness to how the fight broke out.

But there is law, and Zimmerman can not use Stand Your Ground, because he pursued Martin which made him the aggressor, regardless of anything. And we know that is a fact because everyone says he pursued him. Stand Your Ground doesnt cover you then.

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I am not saying the attorney’s lied knowingly, what I am saying is that they said “George told them” he had a broken nose, they repeated what someone they did not have meeeting with as fact. Thats doesnt make it fact.

Keep reaching guys, you have no clue.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Dershowitz went on to strongly criticize Cory’s decision to move forward with the case against Zimmerman. “I think what you have here is an elected public official who made a campaign speech last night for reelection when she gave her presentation and overcharged. This case will not – if the evidence is no stronger than what appears in the probable cause affidavit – this case will result in an acquittal.”

Read the whole thing…

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Keep reaching guys, you have no clue.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Sez the clueless & dishonest one…

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 8:04 PM

I dont believe for a minute he went for medical treatment, because the cops would of done that and it would of been noted somewhere.

It was widly reported that Zimmerman went for and recieved treatment the next day.

Also, no body damage to Martin means absolutely nothing, Martin could of jumped Zimmerman for the same reasons Zimmerman is claiming, “Stand Your Ground” if Zimmerman pulled his gun on him.

There is no evidence that Zimmerman initiated the fight. None.

There is NO witness to how the fight broke out.

Wrong. Zimmerman did. And his story stands until it’s proved false.

But there is law, and Zimmerman can not use Stand Your Ground, because he pursued Martin which made him the aggressor, regardless of anything. And we know that is a fact because everyone says he pursued him. Stand Your Ground doesnt cover you then.

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM

No, following someeone does not make you an aggressor, nor – as has been explained over and over again – can you physically attack someone who is following you.

Read the whole thing…

Blake on April 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Wow, great link, Dershowitz destroys the trumped up charges on Zimmerman. Who knows, the judge might just dismiss the case out of hand.

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 8:15 PM

lies and mis truths to meet your political agenda

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 8:21 PM

lies and mis truths to meet your political agenda

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 8:21 PM

List these supposed lies so I can help you find the truth.

Because you need help. A lot of help, and I’m here to light a candle in the darkness of your ignorance.

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM

damian1967 on April 12, 2012 at 8:21 PM

You are defined by hared. I feel sorry for your friends and family…assuming a despicable creature like your racist-a$$ has any.

tom daschle concerned on April 12, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Rebar on April 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Pre-geezer that I am, I’m still naive enough to believe that “truth will out”. Of course, only if the truth isn’t buried under a mountain of hate and revenge.

swinia sutki on April 13, 2012 at 8:27 AM

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