Finally, 16 months after his murder, the trial for Trayvon Martin begins. Jury selection for the George Zimmerman murder trial started yesterday. I will be watching this case closely to see if justice will prevail and a precedent will be set for all those who think that an unarmed black male walking in your neighborhood is cause for alarm.
Key points of George Zimmerman Murder Trial:
- Trayvon Martin was murdered on Feb. 26, 2012 as he walked from the store to buy an iced tea and bag of Skittles when Zimmerman profiled him as a suspicious character. Martin was shot in an ensuring scuffle. Details of their interaction are not entirely clear. Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self defense. But many have argued that he chased down Martin and Martin was the one fighting for his life.
- If convicted, George Zimmerman faces life imprisonment.
- George Zimmerman pleaded not guilty, claiming self defense.
- This case hold the potential for a defining moment in civil rights.
- George Zimmerman wasn’t arrested until 44 days after the killing, citing the Stand Your Ground law in Florida.
- Zimmerman was finally arrested after an outcry from the nation’s top civil rights leaders and American citizens demanded that this was not a case for the controversial Stand Your Ground law.
- The 911 call will be debated, there is still no determination on whether it was Martin or Zimmerman screaming for help.
- Jurors will remain anonymous.
- George Zimmerman waived his right to a “stand your ground” pretrial immunity hearing. If he had had this hearing, a judge could have ruled that his actions were legal and no civil or criminal hearing would have continued. Instead of doing this, Zimmerman chose to use a self defense claim.
- This is the second day of jury selection, which is speculated to last about three weeks.