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June 25, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman
The police department official who worked with George Zimmerman on establishing a neighborhood watch program at a gated community in Sanford, Fla., testified Tuesday that members of such groups were not supposed to follow suspicious people and were told to stand aside and allow the police to do their jobs. On the second day of witness testimony in the well-publicized murder case, Wendy Dorival of the Sanford, Fla., police department described the protocols under which neighborhood watch groups operated.
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NATIONAL
July 9, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman
The medical and scientific evidence shows that Trayvon Martin was leaning over George Zimmerman when the neighborhood watch volunteer fired the fatal shot into the unarmed teenager's chest, a forensic pathologist testified Tuesday. Dr. Vincent Di Maio, an expert testifying for the defense, gave a version of events that was consistent with the defense's theory of the deadly confrontation between Zimmerman, 29, and Martin, 17, on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder, maintains he shot Martin in self-defense after the teenager attacked him. PHOTOS: The controversial case in pictures Di Maio said that he had examined the autopsy, toxicology and photographic evidence and concluded that the evidence was consistent with Zimmerman's statements to authorities that Martin was straddling him and that Zimmerman fired his gun with his right hand.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Lawyers tried to treat it like a routine homicide trial in a small town in Florida, but the George Zimmerman case moved beyond that, becoming part of the national debate on race and violence. Moments after a six-woman jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all charges, questions began to pop up at news conferences held by the prosecution and defense teams and in cable television commentary as lawyers dissected each side's legal strategy. Should Zimmerman have been charged at all and should he have faced such a stringent accusation as murder?
NATIONAL
August 28, 2013
SANFORD, Fla. - George Zimmerman's wife pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband's arrest. She was sentenced to a year's probation and 100 hours of community service. Shellie Zimmerman, 26, had been charged with felony perjury after she lied about the couple's assets during a bail hearing following her husband's arrest for the fatal 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted last month of second-degree murder.
NATIONAL
December 11, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
George Zimmerman's most recent brush with the law came to an uneventful end Wednesday when Florida authorities said they would not charge him with domestic violence. His girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, had called police last month alleging that he pointed a gun at her face. He was arrested and released on bond. But she recanted her story in an affidavit signed Friday, saying she wasn't afraid of Zimmerman and wanted the court order that barred him from contacting her lifted.
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April 24, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
George Zimmerman has used a court filing to quietly plead not guilty to second-degree murder in the Trayvon Martin slaying case, according to documents released by a Florida circuit court. The plea, which was filed on April 12, was part of a batch of court records made public this week after the case was unsealed by Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. A number of media organizations had petitioned the court to make the case filings public. "The Defendant, by and through his undersigned attorney, enters a written plea of NOT GUILTY to the charges now pending against him in the above-styled cause or causes," stated the two-page document, which was filed by Zimmerman's attorney,Mark O'Mara.
NATIONAL
September 11, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
George Zimmerman may stay out of jail. On Wednesday, the Lake Mary, Fla., Police Department said investigators may not have enough evidence to make an arrest in connection with the bizarre altercation that happened this week between the man who killed Trayvon Martin and his wife, who is divorcing him. A police spokesman told reporters that an iPad that was being used to record the incident was too badly smashed to immediately retrieve video...
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July 12, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
SANFORD, Fla. -- The six women who will decide whether George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, or acted in self-defense began deliberations on Friday afternoon after receiving their instructions from the judge. Judge Debra S. Nelson read the charge to the jury after the defense and prosecution completed their formal arguments. Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin, 17, on the night of Feb. 26, 2012 in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman maintains he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin suddenly attacked him. PHOTOS: The controversial case in pictures The prosecution argues that Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, profiled, tracked and deliberately shot the teenager, who was returning from a convenience store after buying candy and a soft drink.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The George Zimmerman trial was a friend to cable TV news until the end, with big ratings for Saturday night's verdict. More than 10 million total viewers watched the culmination of the month-long trial live on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC on Saturday, according to Nielsen. A jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. The case had attracted national attention and sparked racial tensions. Fox led the way, with 3.7 million during the 10 to 11 p.m. hour, when the not-guilty verdict was delivered.
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July 15, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - By his own lawyer's account, George Zimmerman was dubbed "the most hated man in America" after he shot to death Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager. His acquittal closed the criminal case, but the moniker remains in many people's minds, leaving Zimmerman anything but free as he tries to resume a life interrupted by a single gunshot. A federal investigation, the threat of a civil lawsuit and the fear that those who condemn him could try to attack him or his family weigh on the 29-year-old, who has joined an undesirable club of ex-defendants with names like Casey Anthony, Bernhard Goetz and Theodore J. Briseno.
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