As defendant George Zimmerman tries to raise a $1 million bond in the case of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a new study suggests that ‘stand your ground’ laws aren’t a deterrent to crime and increase homicides.
The judge presiding over the Trayvon Martin murder case issued a harsh rebuke this week of George Zimmerman's dealings with the court. That probably won't serve the defendant well at his Stand Your Ground hearing, analysts say.
The judge in the case involving the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, set bail for the shooter, George Zimmerman, at $1 million. The judge said that dollar amount was warranted because of Zimmerman's past actions.
Mark O’Mara, George Zimmerman’s attorney, suggested at a bond hearing Friday that the state’s case against him in the Trayvon Martin murder case is so weak that it doesn’t warrant more punishment from the court. Prosecutors disagree.
Sanford Police Detective Chris Serino recommended a manslaughter charge for George Zimmerman, who killed Trayvon Martin. The detective has been reassigned as uniformed patrolman on the graveyard shift.