george zimmerman
trayvon martin
March 21, 2012

Martin Shooting Update

A grand jury will hear evidence on case next month.

Scott: That is the voice of a 16-year-old girl who was likely the last person to speak to 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He is the young man who was shot and killed nearly one month ago by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida.

The gunman, George Zimmerman, has said he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense.

The lawyer for Trayvon’s family says phone records confirm at the time of the shooting Trayvon was talking with his girlfriend. And according to that lawyer, the girl said Trayvon told her, “I think this dude is following me,” minutes before he was shot.

“This young lady connects the dots. She completely blows Zimmerman’s self-defense claim out of the water.”

Scott: With demands for Zimmerman’s arrest growing louder by the day,…

“Arrest Zimmerman now! Arrest Zimmerman now!”

Scott: …the Department of Justice has now decided to investigate whether Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil rights, specifically did Zimmerman target the unarmed Martin because of his race.

But Justice Department officials warn it won’t be easy, saying, ‘the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids.’

The state attorney for two Florida counties has also announced that a grand jury will hear evidence next month. In a statement, Attorney Norman Wolfinger says, ‘I share in the desire of the family and the community to accurately collect and evaluate all the facts surrounding the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. I respectfully request that the public remain patient as this process continues forward.”

Scott: Trayvon’s death has raised new questions about Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which was approved in 2005. The law allows a person the right to stand their ground and use deadly force if they feel threatened.


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