UPDATE: George Zimmerman, 29 accused of second degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin has been found not guilty. Zimmerman had faced a 30-year sentence if he had been convicted of manslaughter and a life sentence if convicted of murder in the second-degree.
Now, Zimmerman’s bond is cut and his GPS cut off as he is found not guilty on all counts after killing unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin who walked home from a local 7-11 store.
Trayvon Martin’s parents were not present during the reading of the verdict as the nation now stands stunned in the outcome of this trial. Many still ask though, why did Zimmerman see Trayvon as a threat and why did he get out of his truck?
How in a country can a justice system convict someone of killing dogs but when it comes to a human life the accused gets off, is justice only served for a select few in the country?
Still, and after the verdict has been read, the crowd at the courthouse seems to continue to grow and show disapproval of the juror’s verdict but hopefully things remain peaceful in and around Florida and across America.
As the nation awaits the verdict of the six women juror panel in the George Zimmerman trial. It is fairly noticeable how this trial has brought out the good, bad and just down right ugly in people. This case had divided many on race relations in America. It goes to show just how far we have come and much farther we have to go.
Many have debated that Zimmerman had the right to defend himself but what about Trayvon and his right to defend himself.
The prosecution has argued saying, “does the victim have a right to self-defense when he’s being chased by the defendant?”
Trayvon Martin just may have been scared for his life just as Zimmerman claims he was afraid. However, Zimmerman had the choice to remain in his car as instructed by the 911 dispatcher. So one must ask, if Zimmerman was so afraid why did he begin following/stalking Trayvon Martin and did not remain in his truck as instructed to do so. Any sane person would not put them shelf in that type of danger and follow/stalk someone they perceive as a threat or suspect. With this, the prosecution argued in their closing arguments, “did that child also not have the right to defend himself?”
“That child had every right to be afraid.”
“Isn’t it every child’s nightmare to be followed home in the dark by a stranger?”
“That child had every right to be where he was and do what he was doing.”
“The last thing he tried to do on this earth was try to get home.”
“If it was Trayvon Martin who had shot and killed George Zimmerman what would your verdict be?”
“The defendant didn’t shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to, he shot him because he wanted to. That’s the bottom line.”
“If he was afraid of the real suspicious guy…he never would have gotten out of his car.”
“This is not a case about self defense. This is a case about self denial.”
“If he (Zimmerman) hadn’t committed a crime why did he lie…so many times?”
“He didn’t have so much as a headache the next morning.”
“In the end, this case is not about standing your ground. It’s about staying in your car.”
The prosecution also pointed out that Zimmerman did not yell for someone to call 911 or for help after Trayvon Martin was shot. Zimmerman’s defense instead argued that Zimmerman did not know that Trayvon was shot but did have to push Trayvon off of him.
All this occurring after the 911 dispatcher instructed Zimmerman to not follow Trayvon but to remain in his car. Still, Zimmerman did as he wished and proceeded to follow/stalk 17-year old Trayvon Martin who was minding his own business. Trayvon Martin was on his way home from the local 7-11 store carrying a bag of skittles, ice tea and about $40 in cash in his pocket.
The defense argued why didn’t Trayvon head home when he discovered he was being followed/stalked. Afterwards the prosecution hit back with, “why didn’t he go home? Martin didn’t want to lead the man following him back to his home.”
The defense has argued that “it’s not illegal to follow somebody, especially if you’re following to give information to the police.”
Each side went back and fourth with their arguments, and before concluding his closing argument. The defense told the jury not to make an assumption of Zimmerman at first look. However, one must ask isn’t that exactly what Zimmerman did when he saw and profiled 17-year Trayvon Martin?
-Kelly J Newson