Zimmerman Foregoes 'Stand Your Ground' Hearing
Decision confuses prosecutors in Trayvon case
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2013 2:51 AM CST
George Zimmerman, right, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, left.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – George Zimmerman's lawyers have bewildered prosecutors by canceling a hearing that could have seen the murder charges against him dismissed under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, the Miami Herald reports. The hearing had been expected in April but Zimmerman is now set to go to trial in June for shooting unarmed teen Travyon Martin just over a year ago. His lawyers say he might still invoke "Stand Your Ground" at his trial, though defendants usually use the self-defense law to have their cases dismissed before trial.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara says Zimmerman wants to be found not guilty by a jury instead of having the charges dismissed. The former neighborhood watch volunteer, who has not been seen in public since he was freed on bail last July, "is doing as well as can be expected," a spokesman for his defense team tells NBC. "He is in hiding and has gained 105 pounds," putting him in the "ballpark" of 300 pounds, the spokesman says. "Everyone deals with stress differently."

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Wishbone
Mar 10, 2013 5:08 PM CDT
I haven't heard anyone say "It is possible that when George cought up to Trayvon, he grabbed him." Are we to believe George chased Trayvon, cought up to him and then did nothing or said nothing.?
itsKyle
Mar 7, 2013 4:37 PM CST
Everyone deals with stress differently? No, he just got fat from sitting on the couch for the past year to avoid being seen. Probably in hope to go out in public without being mobbed one day.
shyheim2
Mar 6, 2013 7:04 PM CST
There is too much speculation but I speak of actual facts. And if you don't agree with me I highly recommend you to google,you tube the Hannity Interview. . And see for yourself. George and his lawyer went on Fox TV show with host Sean Hannity. George describe in his words what happen that night with confidence. George understood every question and answered them with no problem as they were simple,clear and very direct. That being said, close to the end of the interview, Sean Hannity asked george, DO YOU REGRET PURSUING AND KILLING TRAYVON? GEORGE SAID NO. Just like that. Then after Mark O'mara NOT GEORGE, realized what george stated by saying no, he claim that the george misinterpret the question. No he did not, the question was simple,basic and very direct. Unrelated to the interview, Dectective Serino asked george did you have anything with you at the time of the encounter. George said yes, a flashlight which was found about 45 FT South of T where george said confrontaion began. Okay, George claim trayvon was acting supicious along with these @ ____ always get away. He gets out of his vehicle with a FLASHLIGHT and a LOADED GUN ,follows trayvon as stated to NEN when asked. A fight occurred, and obviously george was losing the fight, and he shoots and kill Trayvon. The question, Do you regret Pursuing and killing trayvon, NO. Pursing and killing someone means they intentionally went after that person and killed them. basically he followed and pursued him,killed him and has no regrets doing it. With the true events of evidence that i gave, that should be MURDER 1, and he is lucky it is MURDER 2 because of his ADMITTING to pursuing and killing trayvon. Everything I have stated are events which actually occurred. That's why you don't go on TV making statements with a serious crime pending against you. And Natalie Jackson one of Martin family lawyers said it will be george himself who will be his own downfall.