George Zimmerman

The police chief in Sanford, Fla., where neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012, will unveil rules next week that stress "volunteers are not to carry guns and not to follow suspects," our colleagues at Orlando's WMFE report.

Fla. Woman Who Fired Gun at Husband Gets New Trial

Sep 26, 2013
Lincoln Alexander / provided to the Associated Press

A Florida woman serving 20 years in prison for firing a shot at her estranged husband during an argument will get a new trial, though she will not be able to invoke a "stand your ground" defense, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

The case of Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville mother of three, has been used by critics of Florida's "stand your ground" law and mandatory minimum sentences to argue that the state's justice system is skewed against defendants who are black.

George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin, was questioned by police Monday, after his wife called 911, saying Zimmerman was threatening her with a gun and knife.

The AP reports:

According to Lake Mary police Chief Steve Bracknell, George Zimmerman's wife Shellie Zimmerman called police and said that her husband had made threats to her family "with his hand on his gun." The police chief said about 3:30 p.m. Shellie Zimmerman and her father were consulting with their attorney to decide whether to give a sworn statement or press charges.

Police are investigating a "possible domestic battery" involving George Zimmerman, Lake Mary police Officer Zach Hudson said this afternoon. The police spokesman said it was his understanding that a gun was involved. Hudson said the investigation is in its early stages, and it was unclear whether Zimmerman or anyone would be arrested. No significant injuries were suffered in the incident, Hudson said.

Zimmerman's Wife Files for Divorce

Sep 5, 2013
Gary W. Green / UPI/Landov

George Zimmerman’s wife filed for divorce Thursday, less than two months after her husband was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin and a week after she pleaded guilty to perjury in his case.

Shellie Zimmerman made the decision because of “disappointment,” her attorney, Kelly Sims, wrote Thursday in a short email to The Associated Press. The 26-year-old Zimmerman told ABC’s “Good Morning America” last week that she was having serious doubts about remaining married.

"Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of acquitted murder suspect George Zimmerman, today pleaded guilty to a less serious form of perjury in a plea deal that requires her to serve one year of probation," the Orlando Sentinel writes.

Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel

George Zimmerman, whose acquittal in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin sparked protests across the United States, will ask Florida to pay up to $300,000 of his legal expenses, his attorney told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday.

Zimmerman will rely on state law that allows a defendant who has been found not guilty to be reimbursed for costs associated with a case, the paper reported.

Ad Dramatizes Trayvon Martin Shooting

Aug 21, 2013

The Trayvon Martin shooting is at the center of a new video that advocates changing gun policy. The internet video reenacts George Zimmerman's shooting of the unarmed Florida teen, and includes tape from the 9-1-1 calls that night.

Dream Defenders Vacate Capitol Building

Aug 16, 2013
Ryan Benk / WFSU News

After a month of occupying the Florida Governor’s office in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, activists supporting the repeal of the state’s "Stand Your Ground" law finally moved out yesterday.

Public Forum: The Trayvon Martin Story

Aug 9, 2013
Yoselis Ramos

Almost 100 people showed up to USF's Patel center to be a part of the discussion on the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case. The public forum was hosted by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists and the George Edgecomb Bar Association.

The panel discussed the process of choosing a jury, the inner statutes of the Stand Your Ground Law and how the media portrayed it all in the hopes to better inform the community.

On race, Barack Obama often says he is not president of black America, but of the United States of America. Though he has not avoided the subject during his time in office, he tends not to seek out opportunities to discuss racial issues.

"He wanted to address them in a time and a way that accomplished specific objectives," says Joshua Dubois, who ran the White House's faith-based initiatives during Obama's first term.

In the two weeks since George Zimmerman's acquittal, the same activists galvanized by his trial are finding it hard to focus the energy of the Trayvon Martin movement.

For 16 months, supporters of the Justice for Trayvon movement rallied behind a common goal: Make sure Zimmerman, the man who killed Trayvon Martin, stood before the bar of justice.

But after Zimmerman's trial and acquittal, that united front has splintered.

Zimmerman Juror: He 'Got Away With Murder'

Jul 26, 2013

In an interview with ABC News, the only minority in the all-female jury that acquitted George Zimmerman with the killing of Trayvon Martin said Zimmerman "got away with murder."

"You can't put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty," said Juror B29, who identified herself as Maddy. "But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence."

The 36-year-old mother of eight is Puerto Rican and had recently moved to Sanford from Chicago.

Phillip Agnew was blindsided by the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. The decision came down late on a Saturday night. Agnew was expecting the neighborhood watchman who killed Trayvon Martin to be found guilty.

Agnew, 28, leads a group of young activists called the Dream Defenders, which formed in Florida last year in the weeks following Trayvon's shooting death. It was one of the many groups that sprouted up in cities across the country in response to the shooting.

Obama's Economic Tour Arrives in Jacksonville

Jul 25, 2013
whitehouse.gov

It's hard to find anyone who thinks President Barack Obama's series of heavily promoted economic speeches will be the flash point that unclogs the system in Washington — including the president.

A day after he kicked off the tour in Illinois and Missouri, Obama travels today to a seaport in Jacksonville, to yet again deride the wide gulf between his vision for a new American prosperity driven by a burgeoning middle class and the intense gridlock snarling up Congress.

State Rep. Dennis Baxley Talks Stand Your Ground

Jul 25, 2013

In the wake of the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, Florida's Stand Your Ground law is back in the spotlight. Some opponents of the law want it repealed.

Officials: Zimmerman Helped Four Out Of Wrecked SUV

Jul 23, 2013
Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel

George Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle in central Florida last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, officials said Monday.

Seminole County Sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said in a statement that deputies responding last Wednesday afternoon to the wreck in Sanford — the Orlando suburb where Martin was shot — found Zimmerman and another man had already helped a couple and their two children out of a flipped SUV off the road near Interstate 4. They were not hurt.

Two polls released Monday revealed a dramatic racial gap in public opinion surrounding the Trayvon Martin case, with notable disparities on issues ranging from reaction to the verdict to the need for a national discussion on race.

Fact Checking the George Zimmerman Case

Jul 22, 2013
politifact.com

Did the U.S. Department of Justice really have people in Sanford, Florida organizing demonstrations against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with Second Degree murder in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin?

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