Trayvon Martin DeathGeorge ZimmermanPleads 'Not Guilty'
5/8/2012 11:00 AM PT
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.