The prosecution knows the physical confrontation
prior to the gunshot is the critical issueof this case. Their position is that Martin was provoked due to racial profiling. The prosecution mustshow that this depraved (
marked by corruption or evil; perverted)
state of mind existed at the time of theshooting. The defense must show that Zimmerman legally defended himself with lethal force against anaggressor that he believed was about to cause him great bodily harm or death. Florida law allows itunder those specific circumstances.
What are the known facts of this case?
On February 26, 2012 at 7:09 p.m. in the gated community of Twin Lakes, Sanford, Florida; Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot in the left chest area,
one inch to the left of the anterior midline- one half inch below the nipple;
virtually a contact wound with gunpowder residue present (
with soot, ring abrasion, and a 2x2 inch area of stippling
). The wound track passed directly
from front to back,
and there was no exit of the projectile.The weapon was a semi-automatic (double action only) Kel-Tec 9mm pistol. This weapon was designedand marketed for maximum concealment ability. George Zimmerman, 28 (at the time); a resident of theTwin Lakes community admitted to shooting and killing Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, claiming self-defense. Zimmerman met the State of Florida requirements for and legally possessed a conceal-carry permit for that firearm and was lawfully carrying it.Zimmerman was a permanent resident of the gated community; Martin was not. Zimmerman was anactive participant in the neighborhood watch program there with a documented history of calling insuspicious activity; was legally in a place/location and at a time usual for law abiding citizens.The language as to who confronted who at the time of the shooting is unclear and speculative. There is
nothing illegal in Zimmerman’s preliminary actions
prior to the confrontation; absent any evidence that
Zimmerman “forcibly” detained Martin; assaulted/battered him, or otherwise violated any protected
right of Martin. Martin would also not be justified in assaulting or battering Zimmerman.The true issue at hand is the first harmful event. The State of Florida believes that Zimmerman
Martin. Provoke by definition- to anger, enrage, exasperate, stir up, arouse, incite or
stimulate to action. The “who threw the first punch” conj
ecture would in fact be the first harmful event;not mere words, shouting, insults, and related verbal communication or gestures if it were to occur. It became a crime when either one of them assaulted or struck the other- if that even occurred prior to thefatal gunshot.