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Prosecutors in the trial of 29 year old George Zimmerman have accused him of being a self-styled vigilante who shot and killed Trayvon Martin simply because he felt like it.
Zimmernman, who’s arrest took place 44 days after the killing, invoked the ‘stand your ground’ law which allows a person to use deadly force if they feel they are in mortal danger.
Martin was walking through the gated community in Sanford Orlando carrying a can of tea and some candy when the incident occurred. The defense says that Martin attacked Zimmerman, sucker punching him and then pounding his head into the concrete sidewalk causing a head injury. None of Zimmermans DNA was found on Trayvon’s body, and none of Trayvon’s DNA was on Zimmerman’s gun or holster.
The case has prompted debate regarding the stand your ground law as well as the validity of neighborhood watch guards holding concealed carry gun licences.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.
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