Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Trayvon Martin case update: George Zimmerman, Interim Chief of Police (videos)

It’s April 25, 2012, and there have been several significant updates in the Trayvon Martin cae. Trayvon Martin is the 17-year-old boy who George Zimmerman, 28, shot and killed on February 26, 2012.

The prosecution in the case argues that George Zimmerman falsely profiled Trayvon, followed him which resulted in a physical altercation, then shot him at close range. George Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder on April 11, 2012, followed by an initial court hearing on April 12, 2012. The case was transferred to Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler, who had only been on the bench for one year.

Shortly after receiving the case, Judge Recksiedler announced she would remove herself due to the fact her husband works with Mark NeJame, a prominent Orlando based attorney who provides commentary on CNN. Mark NeJame referred George Zimmerman to his current attorney, Mark O’Mara. Jessica Recksiedler officially removed herself from the case on April 18, 2012.

On April 20, 2012, George Zimmerman appeared in court for a bond hearing. Seminole County Judge Kenneth M. Lester Jr. replaced Judge Jessica Recksiedler. Judge Lester set Zimmerman’s bond at $150,000. George Zimmerman used the hearing as an opportunity to apologize to Trayvon Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton. Both attended.

George Zimmerman stated, “I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not."

On Monday, April 23, 2012 at about midnight, George Zimmerman slipped out of the Seminole County Jail wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a brown, paper bag containing his belongings. With bond set at $150,000, George Zimmerman put up $15,000 bail. It is unclear whether his family contributed to bail or if he has received funds from his website that accepts donations for his defense. George Zimmerman’s location remains secret for his protection.

Bill Lee, Chief of Police for Sanford, temporarily resigned from his position due to growing outrage over the way the case was handled. On Monday, April 23, 2012, the Sanford City Commission heard a request to allow Chief Lee to permanently resign from the position. They denied the request and are currently looking for an interim police chief. Bill Lee temporarily stepped down on March 22, 2012 and Darren Scott filled in as police chief. The Sanford Police Department is currently searching for another interim police chief as Darren Scott returned to his duties as captain.

An initial arraignment was scheduled for George Zimmerman on May 29, 2012, but his attorney entered a written plea of not guilty, making need for the arraignment void.
Check out the Trayvon Martin case videos below.

Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder:

Judge says she may have conflict in Zimmerman case:

Judge says she may have conflict in Zimmerman case:

Judge quits Trayvon Martin case, cites conflict:

George Zimmerman granted bond, apologizes to Trayvon Martin's family during hearing:

George Zimmerman released from jail:

Resignation of chief in Martin case rejected:

Resignation of chief in Martin case rejected:

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