George Zimmerman

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Man Convicted of Attempting to Kill George Zimmerman

It happened during a road rage incident

(Newser) - A Florida man who fired a gun at George Zimmerman's truck during a road-rage confrontation was convicted of attempted second-degree murder Friday, the AP reports. Jurors also found 37-year-old Matthew Apperson guilty of shooting into a vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm. He faces sentencing Oct. 17. More »

Lawyer Likens NC Shooting to Zimmerman Case

Chad Copley 'killed my son for nothing,' says victim's mom

(Newser) - Chad Copley is a neighborhood watch volunteer who police say fatally shot a black man . Sound familiar? He's "George Zimmerman 2.0," says Justin Bamberg, a lawyer representing the family of Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas, 20, whom Copley allegedly shot and killed early Sunday. Bamberg says Thomas was... More »

Zimmerman Talks About Trayvon, Gets Punched

Witnesses say he was boasting about killing Trayvon Martin

(Newser) - There are differing accounts of what happened at a Sanford, Fla., restaurant Sunday evening, but three things are clear: George Zimmerman discussed shooting Trayvon Martin, he was punched in the face, and he is no longer welcome at Gators Riverside Grille. WKMG reports that Zimmerman called 911 and said that... More »

Auction Ends: Zimmerman May Get $120K for Gun

This time, the online sale appears to have worked

(Newser) - It looks like George Zimmerman has sold his gun after all. Both TMZ and WKMG report an online auction that ended Wednesday received a verified top bid of $120,000 for the weapon used to kill Trayvon Martin. A higher bid of nearly $140,000 by "John Smith" appeared... More »

Zimmerman Insults Trayvon Martin Parents

'They didn't raise their son right,' he says

(Newser) - George Zimmerman appears to have decided he hasn't caused enough pain yet to the parents of the teenager he killed four years ago. In an interview with the Daily Beast , Zimmerman said Trayvon Martin's mother and father were bad parents who should "have an internal dialogue to... More »

Top 'Bid' for Zimmerman's Gun: $65M

One big bidder: 'Racist McShootface'

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's attempt to sell the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin appears to be back on again, though bidders are clearly making a joke of it. Early Friday morning, the leading bid in the online auction at UnitedGunGroup came from "Weedlord Bonerhitler" at a bit more... More »

Zimmerman's Gun Auction Taken Down

And Smithsonian denies wanting gun

(Newser) - For reasons unknown, but easily guessed, GunBroker.com has taken down an auction listing for the gun George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman had just listed the 9mm pistol with a starting bid of $5,000, and the auction was set to start at 11am Eastern Thursday. By... More »

Zimmerman Selling Gun That Killed Trayvon Martin

He puts 'piece of American history' up for auction

(Newser) - George Zimmerman says he is "honored and humbled" to be selling the gun he killed Trayvon Martin with four years ago. Zimmerman has listed the 9-mm pistol on a gun auction site, calling it a "piece of American history" that the Smithsonian is interested in, reports the New ... More »

Ex Speaks Out on Dating George Zimmerman and Topless Photos

'He’s a very charismatic person when you first meet him'

(Newser) - “It’s horrible. It’s very violating." Twitter suspended the account belonging to George Zimmerman on Thursday after he tweeted topless photos of his ex-girlfriend Heather, along with her phone number, her email address, and accusations that she slept with a "dirty Muslim" and stole guns and... More »

Twitter Boots George Zimmerman Over Topless Revenge Pics

'This is Heather. She cheated on me with a dirty Muslim'

(Newser) - Infamous Florida man George Zimmerman has been kicked off Twitter at least temporarily after managing to fit harassment, slut shaming, Islamophobia, misogyny, and bigotry into 140 characters or less. The New York Daily News reports Zimmerman—who was acquitted of killing black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012—tweeted two topless... More »

Zimmerman Tweets Photo We Didn't See Coming

'Z-Man is a one man army' accompanies sad photo

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's Twitter feed attracted a little attention Sunday when he retweeted a photo of Trayvon Martin's dead body—along with the words "Z-Man is a one man army." He soon took down the tweet, which was originally posted by @SeriousSlav , an apparent admirer, but this... More »

Zimmerman Finds Ally, Hawks Paintings of Confederate Flag

He teams with owner of 'Muslim-free' gun shop in Florida

(Newser) - Like the Avengers of controversy, George Zimmerman and the owner of a "Muslim-free" gun shop are teaming up to sell copies of Zimmerman's painting of a Confederate flag. According to the Florida Gun Supply website , Zimmerman was painting an American flag when he heard about a suit against... More »

This Man Now Charged With Trying to Kill Zimmerman

It was attempted murder, prosecutor says

(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... More »

Zimmerman Up Against Familiar Words: 'Stand Your Ground'

His alleged assailant may use the defense

(Newser) - The man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman is planning to use a defense strategy that should be familiar to Zimmerman: Stand your ground. The attorney for Matthew Apperson said today that his client qualifies because he opened fire when he thought his life was in danger. As the AP... More »

Shooter Had 'Fixation' on Zimmerman: Police Report

Matthew Apperson showed signs of paranoia, anxiety

(Newser) - A Florida man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman last week had "a fixation" on the man acquitted in Trayvon Martin's death and had recently been admitted to a mental institution, according to a police report made public today. The Lake Mary Police Department report said that 36-year-old... More »

Man Who Shot at George Zimmerman Is Arrested

Matthew Apperson charged with firing a missile into an occupied conveyance

(Newser) - A man who shot at George Zimmerman during a confrontation earlier this week along a busy central Florida road has been arrested. Matthew Apperson turned himself in to Lake Mary police this evening. A rep for the police department says that "after conducting numerous interviews throughout the week, detectives... More »

Alleged Shooting at Zimmerman Was Self-Defense: Lawyer

Police recover guns from Matthew Apperson and George Zimmerman

(Newser) - After recent reports that Matthew Apperson shot at George Zimmerman near Orlando, Apperson's lawyer says his client did nothing illegal: It was "a good, old-fashioned self-defense case," attorney Mark NeJame says, as the AP reports. He holds that Zimmerman waved a gun at Apperson; he notes that... More »

George Zimmerman Shot at—by Guy He Threatened Last Year?

Matthew Apperson described as other person involved in shooting

(Newser) - George Zimmerman is embroiled in another shooting: Police in Lake Mary, Fla., say he was part of a shooting incident this afternoon. Details are scant, but though WESH initially reported Zimmerman suffered a minor gunshot wound, police say Zimmerman was only sprayed with glass and debris that hit his windshield,... More »

Zimmerman Blames Obama, Quotes Anne Frank

He says he has no guilt over Trayvon death

(Newser) - Three years after he killed Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman says he has a clear conscience, but he knows who to blame for racial tensions around the case: "Barack Hussein Obama." In a video posted on his divorce lawyer's website , Zimmerman accuses the president of persecuting him by... More »

No Civil Rights Charges for Zimmerman in Trayvon Case

Justice Department concludes there isn't enough evidence

(Newser) - George Zimmerman continues to get into minor scrapes with the law, but he's going to avoid a major one: The Justice Department has decided not to bring civil rights charges against him in the death of Trayvon Martin, reports AP . It's not a huge surprise given that the... More »

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