The infamous murder case of Trayvon Martin started this week in Miami Florida. On trial for 2nd degree murder or manslaughter was George Zimmerman, the man who was not arrested for over 44 days even though he was apprehended at the scene and let go due to the controversial ‘Stand Your Ground Law’. The law states that a person has the right to defend himself with deadly force if they feel their lives are in danger. Zimmerman showed no remorse for his apparent disregard for life a year after killing Trayvon Martin by mistaking him for a thief or thug lurking in his neighborhood.
On the phone with a female acquaintance, Rachel Jeantel, who testified on June 26, Zimmerman was referred to as a “Creepy ass cracker'” by Trayvon as he ran away from someone who he realized was “following him.” Witnesses were grilled by defense attorneys for Zimmerman trying to find inconsistencies in their testimony, show how they might have made assumptions or even lied in previous depositions. Jeantel’s ghetto-ass 19 year-old Black female attitude didn’t help either as she sucked her teeth, rolled her eyes and disrespected the redundant, confusing questions by attorney Dershowitz, for the defense. Opinions about her disrespectful attitude had sides polarized on whether she helped or hurt the prosecution’s case.
An earlier witness testified hearing someone scream for help as she talked to a 911 operator. The scream can be heard in the background of the tape who the woman felt was Trayvon or the person who was shot since the screaming stopped after the gun was fired. The question now lies with the people to decide if Trayvon had the right to ‘stand his ground’ because he felt in fear of his life. Clearly Zimmerman has the responsibility of restraint since he was the one who pursued the 17 year-old after being told not to by the 911 operator. He was also the one carrying a loaded gun which was somehow cocked and ready to fire before or during a scuffle with the now deceased teenager. Zimmerman contends he was attacked and in fear of his life just before he shot Trayvon in the chest, yet showed no sign of fear at any point up until then.
Zimmerman’s fate will rest on the decision of an all woman jury of 5 Caucasians and 1 identified as ‘other’, who make up the 6 person panel. He has yet to take the stand but it is sure to be a memorable date in TV court drama history.