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George Zimmerman Road-Rage Incident Ends in 20-Year Sentence

Matthew Apperson was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder

(Newser) - A Florida man who fired at George Zimmerman's vehicle during a road-rage confrontation has been sentenced to 20 years in prison; that's the minimum sentence mandated by the state. The Orlando Sentinel reports that at the sentencing hearing Monday morning, Zimmerman said 38-year-old Matthew Apperson showed no regard... More »

Blind Florida Man Who Killed Buddy Gets His Guns Back

Was exonerated under Stand Your Ground

(Newser) - A blind man in Florida who shot and killed a drinking buddy in March 2012 has been reunited with his guns after winning immunity from prosecution last month under the state's Stand Your Ground law. The judge in Sanford—the city where George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin—on Thursday... More »

Zimmerman Left His Wife a Shot-Up Target: Report

Shellie said to have considered it a 'subliminal message'

(Newser) - After George Zimmerman was forced to move out of his house last month, his soon-to-be-ex-wife Shellie found something ominous nailed to the wall: A shooting range target sporting 17 bullet holes, according to a report in Radar . A source sent Radar a photo of the target, saying it was the... More »

Parents of Trayvon Martin Settle With Homeowners

Likely more than $1M: Orlando Sentinel

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin's parents have settled their wrongful-death claim with the Florida homeowners association where their son was shot to death last year, reports the Orlando Sentinel . Neither side is divulging the amount, but the newspaper thinks it's more than $1 million because the parents rejected an earlier offer... More »

Zimmerman Foregoes 'Stand Your Ground' Hearing

Decision confuses prosecutors in Trayvon case

(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... More »

Zimmerman: It Was All God's Plan

He apologizes to Martin family in Fox interview

(Newser) - George Zimmerman apologized to Trayvon Martin's parents—and to America—in his first TV interview last night. Calling his shooting of the teen earlier this year a "tragic situation" and "the most difficult thing I'll ever go through in my life," Zimmerman offered an account... More »

Sanford Takes Down Trayvon Memorial

Some are outraged, but officials say it had gotten 'incredibly shabby'

(Newser) - The city of Sanford, Fla., is taking heat for removing a makeshift memorial to Trayvon Martin that cropped up outside the gated community where he was shot. The memorial consisted of a curbside heap of teddy bears, laminated photos, silk flowers, and other bric-a-brac, and some activists say removing it... More »

Police Chief Axed Over Trayvon Case

Bill Lee dismissed for 'losing community confidence'

(Newser) - The police chief whose officers failed to arrest George Zimmerman after the Trayvon Martin shooting has been fired. Bill Lee, who stepped down temporarily three months ago amid fierce criticism of his handling of the case, was dismissed by Sanford's city manager, reports the Orlando Sentinel . "I have... More »

Zimmerman and the Cops: From Critical to 'Cozy'

Trayvon Martin suspect had an evolving relationship with Sanford police

(Newser) - In January 2011, George Zimmerman called the behavior of the Sanford Police Department "disgusting." Just eight months later, he was lauding the department's "professionalism." The two recently revealed exchanges demonstrate a relationship that evolved over time, culminating in Zimmerman being allowed to walk unescorted through... More »

Key Zimmerman Witnesses Change Their Stories

New witness accounts could hurt his case

(Newser) - At least four key witnesses have changed their stories about what they saw and heard the night George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The witnesses, who first spoke to police in Sanford, Florida, were re-interviewed after the case was passed to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement... More »

Trayvon Had Traces of Pot in System

Encounter 'avoidable' had Zimmerman stayed put: Cops

(Newser) - Get ready for a deluge of information in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, as prosecutors today released a cache of related documents. Some early samples:
  • Pro-Zimmerman: His lawyers surely hope lots of attention will be paid to the fact that Trayvon apparently smoked pot at some point before the altercation.
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Autopsy: Trayvon Shot From 'Intermediate Range'

Only other wound was abrasion below knuckle

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin was killed by a single gunshot fired from an "intermediate range"—evidence suggests just inches away from the skin—according to an autopsy report reviewed by NBC . George Zimmerman has told investigators that he fired the shot while he was on his back as the teen... More »

Doc: Zimmerman Had Black Eyes, Busted Nose

He had been prescribed Adderall, Temazepam before shooting

(Newser) - After the encounter that left Trayvon Martin dead, George Zimmerman had a "closed fracture" of his nose, two black eyes, and lacerations to the back of his head, according to a report compiled by his family doctor and obtained by ABC . The report notes that Zimmerman—who appeared unbloodied... More »

Inside Jail With Zimmerman: Jolly Ranchers, No TV

Plus: Protesters boycott firms with 'Stand Your Ground' ties

(Newser) - George Zimmerman is being held in a Sanford jail until he posts bail, and the Orlando Sentinel gives an inside look at his conditions. He's under protective "administrative confinement" thanks to the level of media attention on his case. He doesn't get to watch TV or use... More »

Zimmerman Website: Help Me Pay My Legal Fees

And roadside sign derides Trayvon

(Newser) - George Zimmerman has finally surfaced—at least online. The Florida man who killed Trayvon Martin has posted a personal website, , to collect money for his own legal defense. His attorneys have confirmed to MSNBC that the site is authentic, unlike other websites claiming to raise money in his... More »

Fox Affiliate Calls Neo-Nazis 'Civil Rights Group'

National Socialist Movement not described as hate group by Orlando station

(Newser) - When the National Socialist Movement started patrolling the streets of Sanford, Florida , in response to the uproar over Trayvon Martin's death , many media outlets mentioned the fact that the NSM is made up of neo-Nazis. But not Fox News' Orlando affiliate, which described the organization as a "civil... More »

Armed Neo-Nazis Patrol Sanford

National Socialist Movement readies for race riot

(Newser) - Turns out civil rights leaders aren't the only ones marching around Sanford these days. Neo-Nazis are now conducting armed patrols through the Florida city where Trayvon Martin's killing set off a tense national debate , the Miami New Times reports. "We are not advocating any type of violence... More »

Video: Injuries on Zimmerman's Head?

Trayvon Martin shooter may have been attacked

(Newser) - Maybe George Zimmerman sustained head injuries on that fateful night after all, Huffington Post reports. Video of Zimmerman at the Sanford police station, enhanced for ABC News , shows what could be an injury on the back of his head. In Zimmerman's account , Trayvon Martin attacked him from behind, punched... More »

Sanford March Compares Trayvon to Jesus Christ

Zimmerman ordered to take anger management after brush with law

(Newser) - Leaders from the NAACP and other groups led a massive crowd through the streets of Sanford, Florida, today to demand the arrest of George Zimmerman—and deny reports of an economic boycott, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "We want an arrest, shot in the chest," chanted the crowd, which... More »

Video Shows No Blood, Bruises on Zimmerman

No apparent physical signs to back up his beating story

(Newser) - Despite reporting that he was viciously attacked by Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman showed no apparent signs of abrasions, bleeding, or bruising when he was brought in for questioning by police the night he shot the teen. The handcuffed shooter appears untouched on a surveillance video—obtained by ABC News —... More »

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