In case you forgot, George Zimmerman is still a free man.
Zimmerman, who was charged with second-degree murder for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin 45 days after the shooting, will stand trial on June 10, 2013. But many don’t know what’s going on in the case since Zimmerman and Trayvon’s faces have all but disappeared from the news.
Truth is, the case has developed quite a bit in the year since Trayvon’s death. GlobalGrind decided to compile a list of major developments that you might have missed on the same day that we celebrate Trayvon’s stolen life. While he might be gone, justice can still be served. And though we’re not sure what the exact outcome of the trial will be, maybe these developments surrounding the case can help.
A month after the shooting, Zimmerman and his defense set up an official fundraising site to help him raise funds for the trial. In all, they raised about $300,000.
The neighborhood watch captain’s bond was originally set at $150,000 but then a Florida judge ordered Zimmerman to turn himself in within 48 hours. Prosecutors had asked Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. to revoke Zimmerman’s bond because they contend that he was disingenuous at an earlier bond hearing when Zimmerman’s family and attorney claimed that he was cash broke.
Among those who lied about Zimmerman’s funds was his wife, Shellie Zimmerman. She was arrested after lying under oath and plead not guilty to perjury charges. In truth, the couple had access to about $130,000. Just last week at a hearing she was denied a request to drop the charges.
Ten months after the shooting, Zimmerman’s defense released pictures of him the night that he claimed Trayvon attacked him. They show a bruised and bloody Zimmerman and could shine light on what exactly happened that night.
Zimmerman finally got out of jail on a $1 million bond in July 2012
Against his attorney’s wishes, a judge ordered that Zimmerman remain on 24-hour GPS monitoring until the June 2013 trial. The defense argued that they are concerned about his safety if Zimmerman is ordered to stay in the Florida county.
Zimmerman Gains Weight
Zimmerman’s lawyers contend that the neighborhood watch captain gained over 100 pounds because of emotional stress and the stress of not having the trial delayed.
Zimmerman proves that he’s got more fight in him by suing NBC for taking his comments to a 911 dispatcher out of context in an effort to sensationalize the case. The lawsuit accuses the network of removing nearly a minute of dialogue and dead air between Zimmerman and the dispatcher to bring comments that Martin appeared to be “up to no good” and “he looks black” closer together. No word on how that’s going!
Zimmerman’s defense say that some information in Trayvon Martin’s file could be relevant in the defense of George Zimmerman. It’s not entirely clear what the file may reveal, but it’s unlikely that his school records could defend Zimmerman’s self-defense claim. The two don’t have much to do with each other.
Evidence might reveal that Trayvon was leaning over Zimmerman when he was shot, but it also reveals that Zimmerman’s timeline may be inaccurate. Based on the times and distances Zimmerman said he covered, Zimmerman would have still been on the phone with Sanford police.
Remember that $300,000 that the defense gathered from supporters? According to defense attorney Mark O’Mara, they’ve blown through it all. He also told the court that because the case is out of money, it’s impossible for them to move forward. Apparently, they’ve used about $30,000 a month with with biggest output being the $95,000 given to bail bondsmen who covered his $1 million bail. As of January, the defense had less than $5,000. But in February the defense set up another donation fund and garnered more than $28,000 in less than a month.
Citing money issues, the defense requested that the trial should be delayed to give them more time to prepare. At a hearing in February, the judge denied that request. Later this month, a judge also denied the defenses request to postpone the “Stand Your Ground” hearing that will take place on April 22. The trial is still scheduled for June 10, 2013.
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