George Zimmerman

Last year when neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, the incident cost the unarmed teen his life. It has also been expensive for the City of Sanford.

City Hall has paid $603,000 in expenses related to the case, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The biggest single payout was for police overtime: $131,000.

Other costs have included:

One year ago Tuesday, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla., — a death that would reignite the national debate about race relations and raise questions about the "stand your ground" laws on the books in Florida and 29 other states.

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This month marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin. The unarmed Sanford teenager was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. When Zimmerman goes on trial for second-degree murder this summer, he's expected to use Florida's Stand Your Ground law as his defense.

The man accused in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager will go on trial this spring, as originally scheduled.

This morning, attorneys for Sanford neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman  requested that his trial be delayed until November, saying the prosecutor was slow in turning over important evidence. But Circuit Judge Debra Nelson rejected that request, noting that this problem was not "insurmountable." The trial remains set to begin June 10.

If a stranger attacks you inside your own home, the law has always permitted you to defend yourself. On the other hand, if an altercation breaks out in public, the law requires you to try to retreat. At least, that's what it used to do.

George Zimmerman's defense team just released a photograph they say was taken the night he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

A black-and-white photocopy of the picture had already been released, but this photo is the first high-resolution and clear view we've gotten of Zimmerman on the night of the shooting.

"Thank You Cards ... personally signed by George," are now going to be sent to those who donate money to the man facing second-degree murder charges for the Feb. 26 shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

A judge in Florida this morning set bail at $1 million for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

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The judge in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial asked nearly 30 jurors Friday to go home and come back Tuesday.

It means attorneys are getting closer to selecting a jury for the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer who says he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense. 

After attorneys narrow the pool, potential jurors will face more questioning on issues like guns.

Judge Debra Nelson's request that these potential jurors return Tuesday indicates that might be when the next round of questioning begins.

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The 19 member task force, set up by the governor in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, held a day-long public hearing in Longwood to discuss the Stand Your Ground Law.

Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old Martin. Zimmerman was not immediately arrested because he claimed immunity under stand your ground.

Five ‘Stand Your Ground’ Cases You Should Know About

Jun 8, 2012

The Stand Your Ground law is most widely associated with the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old killed in Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain who claimed he was acting in self-defense.

Today a judge will decide whether to set George Zimmerman free until his trial for killing Trayvon Martin.

Legal experts tell AP when it comes to the question of whether to allow bail, there is a lot weighing in Zimmerman's favor. He was never convicted of a crime before, he has ties to the local community and he's not considered a flight risk, since he turned himself in last week after he was charged with second-degree murder. 

"Although it's not routine for people charged with murder to get bond, they do get bond, and I think there is an excellent argument to be made in his specific case for him to be released on bond," said defense attorney Randy McClean, who practices in Seminole County, about 15 miles northeast of Orlando.

But  the two main issues at hand are: would he be allowed to leave the U.S. and how would he stay safe.

Public scrutiny of the Zimmerman-Martin case is intense. And The New Black Panther Party put a $10,000 bounty out to capture Zimmerman. 

National Bar Association Discusses Trayvon Martin Case

Apr 19, 2012

The National Bar Association which is a large network of predominately African American attorneys and judges discussed the legal and social effects of the Trayvon Martin case.

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin after an altercation and claimed self-defense through the "Stand Your Ground" Law.

The panel discussed the Trayvon Martin Foundation working to help analyze the "Stand Your Ground" Law.

The family's attorney Benjamin Crump says that law needs to be changed.

Seminole Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler is expected to decide by this Friday whether to continue to preside over the George Zimmerman murder trial. 

Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara asked the judge to take herself off the trial for possible conflict of interest after it came out that her husband works with Mark NeJame. He's an Orlando-area attorney providing legal analysis for CNN.  And he was approached by Zimmerman with a request to handle his defense against murder charges.

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