Zimmerman Won't Seek 'Stand Your Ground' Immunity
Wants jury, not judge, to rule
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2013 12:53 PM CDT
George Zimmerman, defendant in the killing of Trayvon Martin, arrives in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., for a pre-trial hearing, Tuesday, April 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

(Newser) As expected, George Zimmerman today officially turned down the opportunity to have a "Stand Your Ground" immunity hearing before he goes on trial in June over the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman could have seen a judge drop his murder charge at such a hearing, but "we'd much rather have the jury address the issue of criminal liability or lack thereof," his defense attorney told the judge today. Mark O'Mara added that Zimmerman could still request an immunity hearing after prosecutors have presented their case, the AP reports.

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HANKHILL
Apr 30, 2013 7:24 PM CDT
hang him high!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheProducer
Apr 30, 2013 6:39 PM CDT
He can still claim stand your ground. so they want to try the defense that simply says he got out of his truck against 911's request and kept stalking a kid who had all ready figured out that some dude in a truck was following him around. See you at the "stand your ground" hearing later in the year, numbnuts.
762x51nato
Apr 30, 2013 5:15 PM CDT
Here we have a sad case of two men that chance brought together to a tragic conclusion. While I strongly support the Castle Doctrine I do not believe that Mr. Zimmerman was acting in a manner that would support that contention. Defending yourself does not mean going after someone and shooting them when they respond to your apparent threat to them. How would you respond to a man openly pursuing you at night in an area that wasn't your home turf, and you are a young black man? What thoughts would be going through your mind? A stranger challenges you at night declaring that he is a member of some neighborhood watch. You either run or you stand and fight. Trayvon Martin chose to fight as he was young, and confident of his physical abilities. But a gun trumps strength every time, especially in the hands of someone bent on using it. Zimmerman just wanted to play hero. But he forgot to take Mr. Martin's reaction into account and so ended up having to use his weapon to save himself from Trayvon's understandable fury, which wouldn't have happened if the Zimmerman had simply not carried a gun. Some people feel so empowered by holding a gun that they forget that a gun does it's job is by damaging or destroying what it is aimed at. And that once your bluff is called it is too late to retreat.