George Zimmerman

Zimmerman Won't Use "Stand Your Ground"

The former neighborhood watch leader told a judge that he agrees with his attorneys’ decision not to seek a hearing under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law

by The Washington Post, April 30, 2013

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 George Zimmerman

 George Zimmerman agrees with attorneys, won’t use ‘Stand Your Ground’ law before murder trial

The former neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin told a judge Tuesday that he agrees with his defense attorneys’ decision not to seek an immunity hearing under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law.

Under questioning from Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, Zimmerman repeatedly said “yes” to a series of questions asking if he was aware he was giving up the right to a hearing before his second-degree murder trial in June. A judge would have sole discretion in an immunity hearing to decide if Zimmerman is exempt from culpability in the shooting. A jury would make the determination in the murder trial.

“After consultation with my counsel, yes, your honor,” Zimmerman said.

The judge had set aside two weeks at the end of April for an immunity hearing should Zimmerman want one

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