This Man Now Charged With Trying to Kill Zimmerman
It was attempted murder, prosecutor says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 19, 2015 12:27 AM CDT
In this Jan. 10, 2015, photo, George Zimmerman walks in handcuffs during a first appearance at the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, Fla., on an assault charge.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Stephen M. Dowell, Pool)
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(Newser) – A prosecutor has upgraded to attempted murder the most serious charge against a man accused of shooting into George Zimmerman's vehicle while they were driving down a busy road last month. State Attorney Phil Archer charged 36-year-old Matthew Apperson with attempted second-degree murder. Apperson had been charged earlier with aggravated assault and battery for firing a gun into Zimmerman's car during a traffic run-in last month on a busy road in an Orlando suburb. Zimmerman had minor injuries. Apperson also faces an aggravated assault charge and a charge of shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Apperson's attorney, Michael LaFay, says the attempted murder charge doesn't change any facts of the case. Apperson, who's out on a $35,000 bond, plans to enter a plea of not guilty during an arraignment hearing set for next week. "Am I surprised when prosecutors overreach with the heaviest charge they can possibly level? It's like a normal day at the office," LaFay says. Zimmerman's attorney, Don West, says Zimmerman is pleased with the charge. Apperson told police officers that Zimmerman had threatened him with a gun during the encounter last month, so he fired at Zimmerman's vehicle. He is expected to use the "stand your ground" legal defense that Zimmerman knows well.