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April 27, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
Last week, George Zimmerman's family told a Florida judge that they had very little money with which to help the alleged murderer make bond. But as it turns out, Zimmerman had in fact raised more than $200,000 from supporters on a website and PayPal account he established. That new development, divulged by Zimmerman's attorney at a hearing Friday, could prompt Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. to increase the $150,000 bond he set earlier -- though the judge said that he wanted to know more about who controls the money before ruling on the matter.
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.
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.
September 10, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
He stood his ground, she stood by her man and the world seemingly cannot stand away from the ongoing soap opera that has become the life of George Zimmerman. Police in Lake Mary Florida are expected to decide quickly whether to charge George Zimmerman, or his wife, Shellie, with domestic battery, police spokesman Zach Hudson told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. Officials could also decide to not charge either member of the estranged couple, he said. “This is definitely not over,” Hudson said.
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...
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.
September 26, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
George Zimmerman's wife is raising questions about his innocence in the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, as the couple's marriage continues to publicly go sour. “I think anyone would doubt that innocence, because I don't know the person that I've been married to," Shellie Zimmerman told NBC's "Today" show on Thursday as her lawyer sat beside her. “I have doubts," she said, yet added, "I also believe the evidence" that led to his acquittal. The Zimmerman saga took another turn this month when the couple got into a marital spat at George Zimmerman's house in Lake Mary, Fla., a few days after Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce.
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.
July 13, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Michael Muskal
SANFORD, Fla. - In a case that touched off a national debate on race and guns, George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager killed during a confrontation on a rainy night in Florida last year. "There's to be no outbursts upon the reading of the verdict or afterwards," Judge Debra S. Nelson warned the packed courtroom in Seminole County awaiting the verdict from the jury of six women who began deliberating on Friday and worked a 13-hour day Saturday.
July 11, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Trying a case in the court of public opinion is nothing new. But the use of social media in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, has broken new ground. Zimmerman's media-savvy attorneys don't just give news conferences and show their faces on cable news networks. They have a Twitter feed @GZLegalCase, with more than 6,500 followers, and a website devoted to their client's case. On the website, they acknowledge they are onto something new: “We understand that it is unusual for a legal defense to maintain a social media presence on behalf of a defendant,” they write , “but we also acknowledge that this is a very unusual case.” “We are not surprised to discover that our decision is controversial," they add. "Some have called it unethical, and some have called it brilliant…Using social media in a high-profile lawsuit is new, and relatively unprecedented, but that is only because social media itself is relatively new …. Social media in this day and age cannot be ignored, and it would be, in fact, irresponsible to ignore the robust online conversation.” Robust is putting it mildly.
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