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  • Experts discuss Louisiana "stand your ground" law Play Video

    August 15, 2013 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Talk of the "stand your ground" law has made its way to Baton Rouge. A local group called "Leaders with Vision" hosted a public forum which focused on Louisiana's version of the law. Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie, along with District Attorney Hillar Moore, an... more »
  • NAACP calls for prosecutor's firing after comments

    July 26, 2013 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the NAACP called on the district attorney's office to fire a prosecutor in East Baton Rouge accused of making racist comments related to the Trayvon Martin killing. Members of the Baton Rouge NAACP chapter met with District Attorney Hillar Moore before making their statements.... more »
  • Juror says she owes Martin's parents apology

    July 25, 2013 2:37 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - The second juror to speak publicly about George Zimmerman's trial tells ABC News that she feels the neighborhood watch volunteer got away with murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. But she says there wasn't enough evidence to convict him under Florida law. Juror B29 told Robin Roberts... more »
  • Trayvon Martin's father to speak on Capitol Hill

    July 24, 2013 8:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - The father of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will be on Capitol Hill for a hearing addressing the challenges faced by African-American boys and men. Tracy Martin will give opening remarks Wednesday at the inaugural hearing of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys. D.C. Delegate Eleanor... more »
  • BR joins in 'Justice for Trayvon' rallies nationwide Play Video

    July 20, 2013 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds gathered in Baton Rouge to express their opinions about the 'not guilty' verdict of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Baton Rouge activist Silky Slim said, "Well you ask for a federal investigation and pray that it happens." Outside of the federal... more »
  • Obama: America needs 'some soul searching' after Trayvon Martin case trial

    July 19, 2013 3:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the nation needs to do some "soul-searching" following George Zimmerman's acquittal on murder charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. In an impromptu appearance in the White House briefing room, Obama declined to wade into legal questions about the Florida case, saying, "Once... more »
  • Other jurors distance themselves from Juror B37

    July 17, 2013 9:47 AM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Four of the six jurors from the murder trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman are distancing themselves from statements another juror made in a televised interview. The four jurors issued a brief statement Tuesday on court stationary saying the opinions expressed by Juror B37 are not... more »
  • AG Holder: Martin death 'unnecessary shooting'

    July 15, 2013 12:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder says the killing of Trayvon Martin was a tragic, unnecessary shooting and that the 17-year-old's death provides an opportunity for the nation to speak honestly about complicated and emotionally charged issues. In prepared remarks - Holder's first public comments since the acquittal of George... more »
  • White House: Obama won't press DOJ on Zimmerman

    July 15, 2013 11:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama won't involve himself in decisions by the Justice Department on whether to pursue civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. White House spokesman Jay Carney says it would be inappropriate for Obama to express an... more »
  • Vigils set in 100 cities in Travyon Martin case

    July 15, 2013 8:22 AM

    NEW YORK - Vigils in 100 cities are being planned for Saturday over the verdict in the Trayvon Martin killing. The Rev. Al Sharpton says his organization will hold prayer vigils and rallies will be held in front of federal buildings. Sharpton joins the NAACP and others calling for federal... more »
  • Zimmerman jury begins 2nd day of deliberations

    July 13, 2013 11:51 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Jurors have left the courtroom to resume their deliberations in George Zimmerman's murder trial. Jurors reconvened in the courtroom at 9 a.m. Saturday and will continue discussing whether Zimmerman committed second-degree murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year. Jurors deliberated for three and a... more »
  • Zimmerman jury asks judge for list of evidence

    July 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial are asking the judge for a list of all the evidence. Jurors asked for the inventory list about two hours after the started their deliberations Friday. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, but the jury can also choose manslaughter. He... more »
  • Prosecution finishes rebuttal in Zimmerman trial

    July 12, 2013 12:14 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A prosecutor in George Zimmerman's murder trial has ended his rebuttal, saying the neighborhood watch volunteer told a series of lies in his statements about shooting Trayvon Martin. Prosecutor John Guy argued that Zimmerman repeatedly lied about the shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin. His rebuttal came... more »
  • Defense begins closings in George Zimmerman trial

    July 12, 2013 9:07 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - George Zimmerman's defense attorneys have begun their closing arguments at his second-degree murder trial in Florida. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara on Friday began his last effort to convince six jurors that Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year. The jurors could... more »
  • Judge: Zimmerman jury can't consider 3rd-degree murder

    July 11, 2013 12:19 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge has denied a prosecution request to include third-degree murder as a lesser charge in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder charge. Judge Debra Nelson ruled Wednesday, saying it was best to exercise caution. Defense attorney Don West had objected strongly to the third-degree murder proposal since... more »
  • Expert: Zimmerman was in worse shape than Martin

    July 10, 2013 10:26 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A public safety expert called by the defense says George Zimmerman's physical capabilities were inferior to those of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Former police officer Dennis Root was called as a witness Wednesday by defense attorneys. Root testified that Martin was in better physical shape than Zimmerman, and... more »
  • Gunshot expert backs Zimmerman's story

    July 9, 2013 4:14 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A gunshot wound expert hired by the defense has testified that the forensic evidence backs George Zimmerman's account that Trayvon Martin was on top of him when he fatally shot the teen. However, under cross-examination, Dr. Vincent DiMaio conceded that the wound could also be consistent with... more »
  • Judge denies request for Zimmerman acquittal

    July 5, 2013 4:07 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge has denied a request from George Zimmerman's defense attorney to acquit the neighborhood watch volunteer of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara argued for acquittal Friday after prosecutors rested their case. O'Mara said prosecutors hadn't proved their case. He... more »
  • Doctor testifies Martin suffered after being shot

    July 5, 2013 10:05 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - The doctor who performed the autopsy on Trayvon Martin testified that the 17-year-old teen was in pain and suffered after he was shot by George Zimmerman. Defense attorneys on Friday objected when associate medical examiner Shiping Bao described Martin's condition after being shot. Judge Debra... more »
  • State winding down in George Zimmerman trial

    July 4, 2013 7:48 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Prosecutors are winding down their case in George Zimmerman's murder trial after presenting evidence and testimony aimed at refuting the former neighborhood watch volunteer's claim he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin. Forensics experts testified Wednesday that Martin's DNA was not found on... more »
  • Judge allows school records in Zimmerman trial

    July 3, 2013 10:41 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Prosecutors at George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial have been presenting evidence about his work in a college criminal justice course. They say the work shows that Zimmerman knew about Florida's self-defense law. In an interview last year with Fox News, Zimmerman had maintained that he did not... more »
  • Judge strikes detective statements on Zimmerman

    July 2, 2013 10:02 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A prosecutor has gotten a judge to strike from the record an opinion from a Sanford police detective who testified that he found George Zimmerman credible in his account of how he got into a fight with Trayvon Martin. Judge Debra Nelson on Tuesday told jurors to... more »
  • Testimony to begin in week 2 of Zimmerman trial

    July 1, 2013 8:12 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Testimony in the George Zimmerman trial is expected to shift toward prosecution witnesses that will testify on scientific evidence against a former neighborhood watch leader charged in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Entering the second week of testimony Monday, prosecutors have yet to call forensics experts... more »
  • Zimmerman trial over teen's death enters 5th day

    June 28, 2013 9:04 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A video security expert has taken the witness stand in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Greg McKinney is the first witness Friday as the trial enters a fifth day of testimony. McKinney's company monitored the security cameras at the townhome complex where Zimmerman fatally shot... more »
  • Friend: Trayvon Martin encounter racially charged

    June 27, 2013 10:22 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A friend of Trayvon Martin's who was on the phone with him shortly before his fatal fight with George Zimmerman says she thought the encounter was racially charged. Rachel Jeantel testified on Thursday for the second day in a row, saying she thought race was an issue... more »
  • Past police calls can be used in Zimmerman trial

    June 26, 2013 8:37 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A central Florida judge has ruled that police dispatch calls George Zimmerman made in the months before he fatally shot Trayvon Martin can be admitted at his murder trial. Judge Debra Nelson made the ruling Wednesday, a day after a prosecutor argued that the calls were central... more »
  • Prosecutors want to admit calls in Zimmerman trial

    June 25, 2013 8:53 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A prosecutor says past police dispatcher calls made by George Zimmerman should be presented to jurors at his second-degree murder trial. Prosecutor Richard Mantei told a Florida judge Tuesday that the half-dozen calls are central to the prosecution's argument that he committed second-degree murder since it shows... more »
  • Prosecutor: Zimmerman killed teen 'because he wanted to'

    June 24, 2013 2:17 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida prosecutor is hoping that George Zimmerman's own words will show that he's guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Prosecutor John Guy began his opening statement today by repeating the words that Zimmerman was heard using to a police dispatcher as... more »
  • All-women jury chosen for Zimmerman's trial

    June 20, 2013 2:27 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - An all-women jury has been chosen in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, who says he shot an unarmed Trayvon Marin in self-defense. Prosecutors and defense attorneys chose the panel Thursday. Prosecutors have said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer for his community, profiled the... more »
  • Zimmerman trial attorneys pick 40 potential jurors

    June 18, 2013 4:01 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Attorneys trying to pick a jury in George Zimmerman's murder trial have selected a pool of 40 potential jurors who will go on to a second round of questioning. The pool was whittled down Tuesday on the seventh day of jury selection for the neighborhood watch volunteer... more »
  • 23 possible jurors to return in Zimmerman case

    June 14, 2013 10:07 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Nearly two dozen potential jurors interviewed individually by prosecutors and George Zimmerman's defense attorneys during the past week have been told to return to a Florida courthouse next week for further questioning. Judge Debra Nelson told the 23 jury candidates on Friday, the fifth day of... more »
  • Judge: Jurors can't see texts, scene in Martin case

    May 28, 2013 10:41 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge is placing limits on what George Zimmerman's lawyer can say about the 17-year-old teen he fatally shot during the neighborhood watch member's murder trial next month. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson has ruled that Zimmerman's attorney won't be able to mention Trayvon Martin's marijuana use,... more »
  • Judge to consider texts, photos in Martin case

    May 28, 2013 8:12 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge is set to consider whether Trayvon Martin's text messages about smoking marijuana and trouble at school can be shown during the trial of the man charged with killing the teen. The text messages and photos, which were released by defense attorneys for George Zimmerman... more »
  • Southern students hold anti-violence march, vigil Play Video

    February 26, 2013 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Students and community members marched together at Southern University tonight in a show of solidarity against violence in the city. Southern University's Black History Club, Criminal Justice Club, NCAAP and Student Government Association hosted the "Stop the Violence March." The march comes one year after... more »
  • Southern hosting "Stop the Violence March"

    February 26, 2013 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - People will march against violence tonight at Southern University. Southern University's Black History Club, Criminal Justice Club, NCAAP and Student Government Association are hosting a "Stop the Violence March." Students and people from the community will march at 5 p.m. from the Smith-Brown Memorial Union... more »
  • Fla. judge: No trial delay in Trayvon Martin case

    February 5, 2013 9:04 AM

    SANFORD, Fla.- A judge in the case of a former neighborhood watch leader accused of shooting Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has denied a defense request to delay the trial. George Zimmerman's attorneys presented a motion Tuesday asking Judge Debra Nelson to push the trial from mid-June back to November. They... more »
  • Judge denies bond motions in Trayvon Martin case

    December 11, 2012 10:25 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge has denied defense requests to end 24-hour GPS monitoring of George Zimmerman while he is out on bond in the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Judge Debra Nelson denied bond requests from Zimmerman's defense team Tuesday. Besides dropping the monitoring, the... more »
  • Zimmerman will seek 'stand your ground' hearing

    August 9, 2012 8:33 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Attorneys for the neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the death of an unarmed teen say they'll seek a "stand your ground" hearing that could lead to criminal charges being dismissed. A statement posted Thursday on the website for George Zimmerman's legal team says evidence released by... more »
  • Parents: Neighborhood watch death not God's plan

    July 19, 2012 7:44 AM

    MIRAMAR, Fla. - The parents of the unarmed teen who was shot and killed by a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer reject the shooter's claim that the shooting was a part of God's plan. In an new television interview, George Zimmerman said he felt the events of the night 17-year-old... more »
  • Woman claims Geoge Zimmerman molested her

    July 16, 2012 7:20 PM

    A woman in Florida claims George Zimmerman, charged with killing teen Trayvon Martin, molested her when she was a child. The unidentified woman told investigators the abuse began when she was six and Zimmerman was 8, but its unclear what their relationship is. She says they would see each other... more »
  • Zimmerman makes $1M bond

    July 6, 2012 2:01 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - The neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin has left a Florida jail, less than 24 hours after a judge set his bond at $1 million. George Zimmerman left the Seminole County jail on Friday. He was wearing a white dress shirt and a jacket when he... more »
  • Trayvon Martin shooter asks judge for bond - again

    June 29, 2012 6:04 AM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida judge will weigh several factors in deciding whether to set a second bond for the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin. The judge today will consider if George Zimmerman is a flight risk or a threat to the community. Most importantly, Zimmerman... more »
  • Zimmerman must surrender; bond revoked

    June 1, 2012 4:34 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A judge has revoked the bond of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and ordered him returned to jail within 48 hours. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said Friday that George Zimmerman misled the court about how much money he had available when... more »
  • Report: 1 detective wanted Zimmerman charged

    May 17, 2012 5:33 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - At least one police investigator wanted George Zimmerman to be charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. In a report released Thursday along with other evidence, the Sanford, Fla., detective told prosecutors that the fight between Zimmerman and Martin could have been avoided if Zimmerman had... more »
  • Autopsy: Evidence of marijuana in Martin's blood

    May 17, 2012 4:58 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Trayvon Martin's autopsy shows evidence of marijuana in his urine and blood. The autopsy was among a large amount of evidence released by prosecutors on Thursday as part of the second-degree murder case against the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him in February. Other documents include a... more »
  • Zimmerman attorney says apology was ill-timed

    April 23, 2012 11:10 AM

    SANFORD, Fla.- He's no longer behind bars -- and he might not even still be in Florida. George Zimmerman was released on bail overnight from the jail near Orlando where he's been held since he was charged with second-degree murder in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. For his... more »
  • Judge removes herself from Trayvon Martin case

    April 18, 2012 4:17 PM

    ORLANDO - The judge presiding over the Trayvon Martin shooting case has removed herself after George Zimmerman's attorney said she had a possible conflict of interest. Florida Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler recused herself Wednesday because of a potential conflict that relates to her husband. He works with Orlando attorney Mark... more »
  • Zimmerman asks for new judge; cites case conflict

    April 16, 2012 3:46 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - George Zimmerman is asking a judge in the Trayvon Martin shooting case to step down after she revealed a potential conflict of interest. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, filed the request Monday in Seminole County Circuit Court. O'Mara later said Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler revealed the potential conflict... more »
  • Judge says she may have conflict in Zimmerman case

    April 13, 2012 1:07 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - The Florida judge overseeing the second-degree murder case involving neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman says she may have a conflict of interest. Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler said Friday during a hearing in Sanford, Fla., that her husband works with an attorney who referred Zimmerman to his current... more »
  • Trayvon Martin case hits home in Baton Rouge

    April 12, 2012 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With his lawyer saying he will plead not guilty to second degree murder charges, George Zimmerman made his first court appearance on Thursday for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. In Baton Rouge, mother of three Monick Williams couldn't help but think this could have happend... more »
  • Prosecutors announce Zimmerman's charges

    April 11, 2012 4:21 PM

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A law enforcement official says that the shooter in the Trayvon Martin case will be charged with second-degree murder and is in custody. The official with knowledge of the case says that the charge against 28-year-old George Zimmerman will be announced at a news conference at 6... more »
  • Stand Your Ground laws similar to Louisiana Law Play Video

    April 2, 2012 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Trayvon Martin's death has a lot of people asking questions, often most of all wondering if what happened to him in Florida could happen here in Louisiana. At Southern University's Law Center, Michelle Ghetti's students have started asking those questions. She's compared Florida's "Stand Your... more »
  • Lawmaker chastised for wearing hoodie in House

    March 28, 2012 3:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Bobby Rush has donned a hoodie during a speech on the House floor deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber. The Illinois Democrat spoke out against racial profiling and, as he removed his... more »
  • Candelight vigil planned for slain Florida teen

    March 25, 2012 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People in Baton Rouge join thousands around the nation protesting the shooting death of a Florida teen. A vigil is planned for 7pm Sunday at the Levee downtown near the USS Kidd to honor Trayvon Martin. Martin was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman... more »

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