Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law will be on the forefront next June. George Zimmerman is set for trial in June 2013 for the murder of Trayvon Martin. The trial will occur over one year after the shooting death. Jacksonville criminal lawyers often try complex cases a year or so after the event. A variety of factors will determine when a Jacksonville criminal attorney tries a case. It is not unusual that Zimmerman will not go to trial for Martin’s murder until next summer. There is always a possibility that the Florida self defense case may be continued to a date later than June 2013.
On May 23, 2012, I wrote an article called “Florida Self-Defense and Stand Your Ground Case Witnesses Change Stories” on my Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog. I stated:
“George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder of Trayon Martin in Sanford County, Florida. Jacksonville criminal lawyer and Florida prosecutor, Angela Corey, filed charges in April. George Zimmerman has claimed that he acted in self-defense under the Florida Stand Your Ground law when he shot Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman had a gun, and Martin did not. It has been reported that Zimmerman suffered injuries from an attack by Martin. With Zimmerman stating that he fired his gun and shot Martin in self-defense in Florida, we continue to hear more evidence about this Florida Stand Your Ground case.”
Sure enough, more evidence has surfaced. I just read an article on Yahoo News called “Bloody new photo of Trayvon Martin’s killer released.” The title tends to lead one to believe that there is a certain bias in favor of the prosecution and Martin. Although the title did not seem neutral, the news article was informative. It stated:
“A color photograph of George Zimmerman with a bloody, swollen nose taken on the night he shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin last February was posted on the Internet on Monday by Zimmerman’s legal defense team. As the photo began to be circulated widely by the news media, lawyers on both sides disagreed about its significance to the second-degree murder case against Zimmerman.”
Zimmerman’s criminal lawyer, Mark O’Mara said that the photo displays Zimmerman’s injuries after the physical altercation with Martin. This will go towards his Florida self-defense argument, because he is arguing that he shot Martin during a struggle. Attorney Ben Crump is the Florida attorney for the Martin family. He stated that “the photo adds nothing new to the case. Previously released evidence has indicated Zimmerman was hit in the nose during the fight with Martin. ‘Trayvon Martin was defending himself. He had every right to stand his ground to defend himself.’”
This was not the most interesting part of the article. As a Jacksonville criminal lawyer, there is something that I found more relevant. It was buried at the end of the article, so it can be over looked if you are not paying attention. Zimmerman’s attorney stated “that prosecutors in May had given him a grainy black-and-white photocopy of the image which was taken in the back seat of a Sanford police cruiser. O’Mara said he received the digital image from prosecutors after repeated demands by his office and he posted it Monday on Zimmerman’s defense website.” As I stated before, we will continue to see this case unfold as more evidence is released.