Zimmerman makes court appearance

2012-04-12 20:06

Sanford - Neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has made his first court appearance on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

During the brief appearance on Thursday, Zimmerman stood up straight and wore a gray prison jumpsuit. He spoke only to answer "Yes, sir," after he was asked basic questions about the charge against him and his attorney.

The judge said an arraignment would be held on May 29 before another judge.

Zimmerman was charged after a public campaign to make an arrest in the February 26 shooting, which has galvanised the nation for weeks. Some legal experts had expected Zimmerman to face a lesser count of manslaughter and say a prosecutor will face steep hurdles to win a murder conviction.

Zimmerman has claimed that he fired in self-defence.

  • James - 2012-04-12 20:32

    This is done for his own safety, as threats on his life and white people in general has been huge.Favourite line "Kill mother fu pink, crackers. Yet between 8,000 and 9,000 blacks are killed in US annualy. 93% are black on black. US justice dept stats.

      Lerato - 2012-04-13 05:46

      @James don't try and sensetionalise this story, get your facts right - is the guy even white? Zimmerman's father is white(Jewish) but his mother is from Peru. On his voter registration form, for example, Zimmerman checked off the \Hispanic\ box. While police described him as \white\ Zimmerman's own father calls his son a \Spanish-speaking minority.\ Since I can see you love facts just thought you might wanna know about this

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