Zimmerman Attorneys Seek New Hearing

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for the neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the death of an unarmed teen say they’ll seek a “stand your ground” hearing that could lead to criminal charges being dismissed.

A statement posted Thursday on the website for George Zimmerman’s legal team says evidence released by prosecutors shows “clear support for a strong claim of self-defense.”

Zimmerman says he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February in self-defense under Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force, instead of retreating, if they believe their lives are in danger.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. If a judge rules the evidence fits the conditions of “stand your ground,” the criminal charges would be dismissed and Zimmerman would be immune from civil action in the shooting.

Zimmerman is free on $1 million bond.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Atlanta

Watch Dukes & Bell Live
Taz Goes Big With A New Daily Show!

Watch & Listen