George Zimmerman trial set for June 10, defense attorney says
Posted: 12:38 PM, Oct 17, 2012
George Zimmerman apologized Friday to the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed African-American teen that he shot in a confrontation that riveted a nation and sparked intense discussions about racial profiling and gun laws. Zimmerman spoke moments before a Florida judge set a $150,000 bond that will let him get out of jail while he awaits trial. Zimmerman apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin prior to testifying in his bond hearing Friday. “I’m sorry for the loss of your […]
(CNN) — George Zimmerman will go on trial June 10 for the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman’s lawyer said Wednesday.
The neighborhood watch volunteer is charged with second-degree murder. Zimmerman has claimed self-defense in the February 26 shooting, saying Martin charged him after the two exchanged words, knocked him to the ground and banged his head repeatedly against a concrete sidewalk.
Prosecutors say Zimmerman profiled Martin as a criminal and killed him, even though the teenager was doing nothing wrong.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty.
Martin’s death sparked nationwide protests and inflamed public passions over race relations and gun control, as well as Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.
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