George Zimmerman Appears In Court (PHOTOS)
A probable cause affidavit has just been released and says that George Zimmerman “confronted” Trayvon Martin on the night of February 26th.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the affidavit for probable cause has been filed in the second-degree murder case. In the two-page document, prosecutors offer little new information about the shooting.
The affidavit said that “Zimmerman confronted Martin,” an apparent contradiction of Zimmerman’s version of the events that led to the shooting.
The document also says Trayvon’s mother identified the screams for help heard in a 911 call as those of her son. It reveals that investigators interviewed Trayvon’s girlfriend, who said she was on the phone with him leading up to the shooting.
As reported by the Sentinel:
Based on the description, it appears the friend was the girl described by Martin family attorneys as his girlfriend.
“During this time, Martin was on the phone with a friend and described to her what was happening,” the affidavit said. “The witness advised that Martin was scared because he was being followed through the complex by an unknown male and didn’t know why.”
Martin tried to run home, the affidavit says, but was followed by Zimmerman. “Zimmerman got out of his vehicle and followed Martin.”
The affidavit goes on to say that “Zimmerman disregarded the police dispatcher” who told him to stop, and “continued to follow Martin who was trying to return to his home.”
Zimmerman, the affidavit says, “confronted Martin and a struggle ensued.”
According to the affidavit: “Trayvon Martin’s mother has reviewed the 911 calls and identified the voice crying for help as Trayvon Martin’s. Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest.”
Zimmerman appeared in court today in a blue jumpsuit and handcuffs. He was joined by his new attorney, Mark O’Mara. A first-appearance judge found probable cause for the murder charge.
The judge set Zimmerman’s next court date for May 29 at 1:30 p.m. Zimmerman spoke only once during the hearing, responding “Yes, sir” to a question.
SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel