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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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61.

ashley    

This is not celebrity gossip! I don't care!

863 days ago
62.

lightfoot    

he will be acquitted get use to it ....and there will be idiots out there luting and killing and beating each other up all in the name of (what) because jesse and al say so......they are a couple of racist clowns and i cannot understand why anyone with a half of brain would listen to anything these racists clowns have to say....there has not been a true civil rights leader since john kennedy and martin luther king everyone since then have been nothing but violence driven idiots

863 days ago
63.

tequila101    

It's against a cop's principle to shoot an unarmed citizen.

He couldn't beat Trayvon's ass so he shoots him. A coward shoots an unarmed kid.

863 days ago
64.

whateverhomewrecker    

George Zimmerman is nothing more then a thug with a few dimes to rub together in his little gated community. From his OWN police record in his 28 years of life, It appears he likes to hit women, fight the police then brag about it on his myspace page when he gets out of trouble. I'm surprised by alot of these comments in favor of Zimmerman. I guess because Trayvon smoked some pot and got into some trouble in school he was fair game for Zimmerman to play Judge and jury. No reports of Trayvon breaking into anyones house he was walking down a street. Zimmerman is not a cop!! He was only neighbor hood watch his job was over after he called the police. He doesnt have the right to approach someone and stop them from being on their way because he feels they are suspect! Any teenage boy no matter color would defend themselves from some random dude following them and trying to stop them. Zimmerman thinks he is the law and Trayvon can never give his side of the story.

863 days ago
65.

Grouchy Smurf    

Sheesh, TMZ, you're such drama queens. if convicted he's not going to get life is prison. That's the maximum penalty allowed under Florida law. If convicted he'll get the minimum which is 16 3/4 years.

I urge people to wait until all the facts on this case are clear before taking sides in this matter. Most of what has been put out there by the press regarding this story has been lies, including the highly edited and rearranged 911 recording.

863 days ago
66.

Gaylord    

The guy's being drawn and quartered by the "righteous raiders" led by Mr. "I'll Help You Be Offended" Sharpton and Mr. "Rent A Riot" Jackson. When the details come out you'll see that Trayvon was anything but an innocent little angel. The boy had quite the attitude and has experimented with a number of "less than" legal or moral activities. The community he was visiting has been described in LE reports as a "gated ghetto," complete with more than the normal number of property and other crimes. Let it play out, you may have to change your thoughts.

863 days ago
67.

lightfoot    

did everybody read thugzillas post....take a good look at it it makes a lot of sense....he doesnt believe all this violence driven bull**** put out by al sharpton and jesse jackson anyone who thinks that violence is the answer is crazy black or white

863 days ago
68.

lightfoot    

cant approach someone walking through a gated community? since when.......there is a reason why it is a gated community( to keep the unwanted out ) trayvon did not belong there and that is why the whole thing started...wake up ...stop listening to the reverans and the pink panthers and all the other violence driven so called civil rights leaders....these clowns today couldnt lead there way out of there own bathroom racists clowns that didnt want to work for a living ...so they chose preaching racists violence

863 days ago
69.

terry j vey    

This is news?it would have been news if he pled gulity!

863 days ago
70.

News Flash     

He who is without sin can cast the first stone...I believe it was an accident, he apologized to the family.

863 days ago
71.

Butterfly    

THIS IS FOR KICKSANDGIGGLES, THANK YOU!!!

863 days ago
72.

Maria    

Oh Please, lets show pictures of the little boy in his hoodie. He was actually bigger and heavier than Zimmerman. In my neighborhood, the police do body counts every morning, we have lost hundreds of young black men killed by other young black men and noone gives a damm. Zimmerman is being railroaded and its a damm shame.

863 days ago
73.

bunny    

Not Guilty hm. Didn't his mommy and daddy teach him any morals such as shooting a person and killing them is illegal? Or did he spend his days watching movies like Menace To Society getting hyped up to kill the black man? He thinks he's God and it's his right to kill a man? A jury will be playing God and the result isn't going to be a party with a full sheet of cake.

863 days ago
74.

lightfoot    

you know this was closed once because did not believe there was anything to charge zimmerman with and then in steps the reverans and eric holder and all of a sudden we have threats of violence if zimmertman is not convicted...well you know what if this man is convicted because of the threat of violence by a bunch unemployed people that do not know right from wrong and there only answer is violence....then so be it because maybe it is time to show these people that this kind of violent outrage will not be tolerated in AMERICA....if they think that that they can decide someones fate with the threat of violence....show them in no uncertain terms that this type of behavior WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN AMERICA...whatever it takes national guard neighbors sticking together black or white people defending there homes and loved ones whatever it takes.....put a stop to these people that think they can control situations like this one with violence fight back once and for all....wake up sleeping giant it is time to fight back

863 days ago
75.

Muppet    

There are so many questions I can't wait to have answered through a trial. Did GZ identify himself as a community watchman and ask TM where he was going or if he lived there? Did he just yell out at him? Alot of teens these days do not show alot of respect for just the average person. So I can understand how this got out of control if GZ did not identify himself properly and just decided to follow the young man. The young man would feel as if he was being "stalked", and therefore either bolt or go on the defensive. It's the flight or fight response to a threat. Community watch people are not supposed to approach a suspect but report it, so why did he approach TM? It certainly will be interesting to hear all the facts of this case.

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