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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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76.

Leslie.wesson    

In my best uncle ruckus voice "Guilty Guilty Guilty! Let's hang him! I got the noose right here!"

843 days ago
77.

lightfoot    

leslie wesson sounds like a real intellegent person.....sorry leslie he will be convicted of nothing....so get rerady to riot with the rest of your friends...and the cops and the national guard and all the concerned citizens will shoot you all down...it wont be put up with this time no more riots they will put a permanent stop to it

843 days ago
78.

Jaymalls    

Let's face the facts you Racist ****s! Zimmerman went looking for trouble, last I checked, being the head of "neighborhood watch" doesn't mean your a police officer! Zimmerman left his house with a GUN, and followed a black TEENAGER who was UNARMED and killed him!

843 days ago
79.

Otis O Soul    

As a Jamaican in London I know what a Nubian Man have to indure in this life God tells me its only a learning curve, but I reply father its bee 400 years, how long do we need to be in school and when will we be paid for our blood swet and tears. We as a people have lost Sam Cook, Otis Reding, Jimmy Hendrex, Marvin Gay, Rick Jame, Michael Jackson, Whitney Huston and Don Cornellous and our friend John Lennon from the UK. Now these cats did not leave this world naturally !!!!!!!!!!

843 days ago
80.

doo tmz    

He is guilty

842 days ago
81.

worldclass    

I hope he gets life and they put him in a cell with a huge black guy

842 days ago
82.

Bill    

Z is an American hero. We need more with the balls to do what he did.

842 days ago
83.

CharlieM    

The cheating lying Trayvon Martin party has decieved America from the beginning to get our attention. The media storm started when a news outlet stated Martin was watching basketball with his father and ran to 7/11 to get some skittles for his little brother or sister during halftime. The Martin party suckered everyone in with deception and then the true facts started to trickle. We all know now Martin was found with jewelry and burglary tool(s) in his backpack at school and was serving a 3rd suspension for illegal drugs. The media reports Martin was staying with his father during his suspension. A logical person would deduce this would be a good time for Martin and his dad to get some well needed father son bonding time to get Martin on the right path. As it turned out, Martin's dad wasnt watching basketball with his son. He was infact out with his girlfriend during the time his son was out and about. Sanford Police Dept. had no proof or reason to disbelieve Zim's account of the incident. Zim was not going after Martin to attack. It was obvious because his breathing slowed down on the tape as he was trying to get a good location for the responding officers. Americans have let Zimmerman hang. We have completely bowed down to a firestorm media frenzy who has facilitated war and death threats on a man who saw something he felt was logically suspicious and called the police to help his community. So, as we all sit in our warm cozy dens with our beautiful families, please dont forget Zim was simply out protecting what was in front of us all. In this country, no one has the right to severely beat and terrorize an innocent person, even if the suspect has innocent childhood pictures like every child does. I'm also wondering why the Justice Dept hasn't made it loud and clear it will not tolerate putting a public bounty on an innocent person who has not been convicted of a crime. IMO, this country has lost it on this one.

842 days ago
84.

BB not bb    

The NRA is one of the biggest lobbyists in this nation. Why are they so silent on this issue? Why are they not coming out against this arrest? Our gun rights and right to stand ground are threatened with this trumped up case.

People spend millions supporting the NRA. Why don't they pay for a good lawyer for Zimmerman and get this thrown out, ASAP?

842 days ago
85.

Sapphiegirl    

I don't think this was a racially motivated shooting....I think you have this cop wannabe who can't pass the psych test to get to be a real cop, went OVERZEALOUS as a "crime watch" volunteer and created a situation that now has him in hiding for fear of his life (rightly so I might add). I bet the police department is SOOOO GLAD THIS INCIDENT DIDN'T HAPPEN WITH THIS OVERZEALOUS NUT IN A COP UNIFORM!

842 days ago
86.

lightfoot    

when it comes to defending trayvon you have an answer to everything eyemale

842 days ago
87.

Tracey    

Race has nothing to do with it. He is just a punk ass too!

842 days ago
88.

pragmatist    

read his back story. he's not a racist. he overtly HELPS minorities and has for years.

George Zimmerman will be exonerated.
NOT GUILTY

842 days ago
89.

truthrocks    

it is funny how people surport hate crimes until it is done to them or their family..................it is some twisted minds in the world and I hope my son know that their are stupid people in the world(period) white and black...........but.we all was taught to fight off or run away from strangers when approached!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

836 days ago
90.

A    

Medical records and the eye witness will exonerate Zimmerman. People say, "George did not have to pull the trigger", but don't forget that Trayvon did not have to get on top of Geroge and give him two black eyes, a broken nose, lacerations from having his head slammed into the sidewalk, and a bruised ribs and back either. This was clear cut self defense and nothing more.

834 days ago
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