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Judge Sets June 2013 Date for Trial of Trayvon’s Shooter

Judge Sets June 2013 Date for Trial of Trayvon’s Shooter

The trial of Trayvon Martin's shooter is set for June 2013.

Published October 17, 2012

A Florida judge has set a tentative date for next June for the trial of George Zimmerman, the onetime neighborhood watch volunteer who has been charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Judge Debra S. Nelson set the date for June 10 but added that the timetable could change depending on a number of factors.

Meanwhile, Zimmerman’s lawyers tweeted after the hearing that they will likely ask for a “stand your ground” hearing in April or May. Zimmerman said the shooting of the unarmed teenager was in self-defense and that he plans to invoke Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law, which allows a person to use deadly force if he or she perceives imminent danger.

Under Florida law, Zimmerman can request the hearing and argue his self-defense case in advance of the trial. If Zimmerman is successful in convincing the judge that he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense, the murder charges would be dropped, eliminating the need for a trial.

Zimmerman shot the 17-year-old Black high school student in February in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. Martin was carrying a bag of candy and a can of iced tea.  Zimmerman claims that, after he followed the teenager, Martin assaulted him and a fight ensued.

Martin’s parents and their lawyer have contended that the teenager was racially profiled by Zimmerman, who is of white and Hispanic parentage.

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Written by Jonathan P. Hicks

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