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Trayvon Martin Death

George Zimmerman

Pleads 'Not Guilty'

5/8/2012 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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George Zimmerman
has officially pled "not guilty" to a charge of 2nd Degree murder after shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a Florida suburb back in February.

George's attorney entered the plea during his arraignment today in Seminole County. The 28-year-old was not present in court.

A pretrial date has been set for August 8th.

Zimmerman -- a community watchman -- shot and killed Trayvon on Feb. 26th in Sanford, Florida, but no arrests were made at the time. Zimmerman has consistently maintained he shot Trayvon in self-defense.

A firestorm of media attention has surrounded the case -- with many celebs like Spike Lee, Roseanne Barr and LeBron James claiming the shooting was racially motivated.

If convicted, George faces up to life in prison.

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46.

Sissy    

Culpeper, VA in Feb 2012 a Police officer shot ( 4 times) a unarmed Sunday School teacher Patricia Cook in broad daylight, in the middle of town at a school parking lot. There is a petition created asking for Justice for her and not to keep this a closed door hearing. Please consider signing it if you feel too that this is not fair also. Please share and sign this petition if you feel too that this should be settled in a court of law for Patricia Cook shooting in Culpeper, VA http://www.change.org/petitions/special-prosecutor-bring-criminal-charges-against-police-officer-who-killed-patricia-cook http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=204090
Here is a story about the petition:
http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=204090

813 days ago
47.

BB not bb    

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL. A NATION DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF WILL NOT STAND.


Remember Lincoln? Or do you all think he was just another white racist out to ruin the black man?????

813 days ago
48.

lightfoot    

so he shot him when he was getting his but beat !!!!!!!so what a gun is for how was he supposed to know that he wouldnt have beaten him to death....stand your ground man stand your ground!!!!!

813 days ago
49.

Jordan    

I'm sorry if you think he's guilty then you're a ****ing retard. The kid was a little thug and people refuse to believe that because the media is given 5 year old photos of the kid and never showing the true side of the little ****. You did what you had to do George. People wouldn't think bad about blacks if they never gave us a reason to. But oops, they do.

813 days ago
50.

bronxyank12    

Unless you were there when it happened, you cannot say if it was self defense or not. Did he shoot cause he just felt like it? or was he being attacked? I can't say cause i wasn't there. Nor can nayone else. I guess the trial will tell the story.

813 days ago
51.

eyemale    

lightfoot stand your ground isn't for the purpose of backing someone in a corner and when they fight back you shoot them. communities that get involved with neighborhood watch programs are well aware what the do and don't are. and the biggest don't is follow or try to apprehend a suspect. the police tell you that , the info is all over the INTERNET. and in the neiborhood watch pamphlets. GZ knew better , but took matters in his own hands . there is no way to know if TM thought he was fighting for his life. GZ could of had his hand on his gun and TM didn't see it to he walked up to him. or GZ went for his gun to try and apprehend TM. if I guy with gun follows me I am going to fight back with every thing I got. I am going to stand my ground. even if all I have is fists

813 days ago
52.

Icy main     

If he gets acquitted, the Rodney King riots will look like a tea party.

813 days ago
53.

Mackie    

Innocent without a doubt

813 days ago
54.

eyemale    

for the zimmerman supporters who want to talk about TM past....

GZ was previously arrested for domestic violence, resisting an officer without violence and most shockingly, resisting an officer with violence — a felony charge that surely could have landed him in prison. but did daddy the judge have them dropped.?

with the last offense on his report GZ couldn't of own a gun but some how this info wasn't available

his 1st two lawyers said he didn't listen to them and call FOX and Corey when he was told to not talk to anyone about the case. but GZ being who he is does things his way... daddy will save me .. well GZ daddy can't get you out of this one

813 days ago
55.

Nicoleasm    

No one knows for sure what happened. I know Zimmerman is the only witness, but half of you are believing what he's feeding you on his word. All we've seen is a grainy police camera that barely shows any injuries. We haven't even been show the actual police report at the crime scene nor the paramedic report. If Zimmerman was being attacked, he did have every right to defend himself. But the problem lies in, if you have a teenager whose unarmed and dead, who was no stranger to the apartment, and an armed guy with "maybe" LiTTLE bit of scratches on him, I think that warrants more than a "oh he attacked you?? Ok that's cool, I understand, have a good night". You would want an investigation done if that was YOUR brother, uncle, dad, or son who was walking home. The kid deserved a little more. And you have to admit that it Zimmerman thought he was suspicious only b/c he was a black guy walking around at night. I don't think the color of your skin should be an automatic red flag for being mistaken for the black guy that almost robbed a house a week prior. That's the definition of racial profiling. ANY race can be subject to that. If you're not going off of behavior, or even explicit facial features, then that is racial profiling. But I just think that they they need to have better provisions for stand your ground.

813 days ago
56.

Beebee4000    

Zimmerman did nothing wrong!!! Freedom will ring on .Martin was a tug and he got shoot, to bad.

813 days ago
57.

romeo    

ohh well he will get shot sooner o later

813 days ago
58.

Beebee4000    

If a black killed a black no body cares.

813 days ago
59.

oink    

Hang Zimmerman, he is a racist child killer..

813 days ago
60.

Bill    

Can't wait to see if Z is found innocent and then watch the moronic blacks destroy all of there own sheet. What an idiot race of people.

813 days ago
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