Monday, July 16, 2012

Listen to Witness 9 testimony claiming George Zimmerman racist, molested her

There is a shocking, new development in the George Zimmerman case. Released witness statements include the audio testimony of a woman described as "Witness 9" who claims that George Zimmerman's family was racist however, they did like black people who "acted white." She claims that when she was six-years-old, George Zimmerman began molesting her. He was eight. Witness 9 says the sexual abuse continued until she was 16 and he was 18.

Listen to Witness 9's testimony below.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Watch full George Zimmerman reenactment video

On June 20, 2012, defense attorneys for George Zimmerman released a reenactment video that showed the accused murderer retracing the events that transpired on Feb. 26, 2012, the night Trayvon Martin was shot and killed.
You may see the full reenactment video below.

Read George Zimmerman statement night Trayvon Martin was shot and killed

On June 20, 2012, George Zimmerman's defense attorneys released the written narrative Zimmerman gave Sanford Police officers on Feb. 26, 2012, the night Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. George Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges for the shooting that left the 17-year-old, unarmed boy dead. Zimmerman states he shot Martin in self-defense.

You may read George Zimmerman's written statement from Feb. 26, 2012 below.

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Read Transcripts of George Zimmerman Jailhouse Calls

On June 18, 2012, special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case, Angela Corey, released the transcripts and audio of six jailhouse calls that took place between George Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie. George Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. You may read each full transcript below as well as listen to the audio of the calls.

The jailhouse calls took place on April 12, 2012; April 15, 2012; there were three calls on April 16, 2012 and one call on April 17, 2012. The calls contain the couple speaking in code regarding their financial accounts, and took place days before Zimmerman's April 20, 2012 bond hearing.

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Read Trayvon Martin Autopsy Report

Here is Trayvon Martin's autopsy report. The report lists the cause of death as a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. The autopsy lists Trayvon Martin's death as homicide.

Trayvon Martin Autopsy

Read George Zimmerman and wife Shellie's bank statements

Angela Corey, special prosecutor handling the Trayvon Martin murder case, released bank statements that show George Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, had access to more than $150,000. The statements show the two were untruthful during an April 20, 2012 bond hearing when they both denied having accessible financial assets.

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George Zimmerman's wife, Shellie Zimmerman, arrested for perjury (read police report)

On June 13, 2012, George Zimmerman's wife, Shellie Zimmerman, was arrested for perjury. She is accused of lying to the court regarding the status of the couple's account that collected money for Zimmerman's defense. It is believed the couple had raised approximately $155,000, but when the court asked Shellie Zimmerman in April, during a bond hearing, how much they had raised, she stated she didn't know. Not only were there jailhouse calls recorded that showed they had tried to hide the amount of money, but Shellie Zimmerman transferred large sums of money to her own bank account.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Videos: George Zimmerman donations: Innocent mistake or lying to court?

George Zimmerman lost his bond during a June 1, 2012 court hearing where prosecutors alleged he lied to the court about the donations his website raised, spoke in code with his wife during a recorded jail house conversation, and failed to surrender a valid passport that was in his possession. Criminal defense attorney Mark O’Mara represents Zimmerman and told media he will request a new bond hearing for his client. Some argue that Zimmerman’s credibility is shot, therefore he doesn’t deserve a second chance at bond. O’Mara states Zimmerman made an innocent mistake and didn’t understand how much money was in the account and what he had access to.

Was George Zimmerman’s failure to disclose approximately $135,000 an innocent mistake or lying to the court?

Mark O’Mara stated, “The failure to disclose these funds were caused by fear, mistrust and confusion. The gravity of this mistake has been illustrated, and Mr. Zimmerman understands he`s undermined his credibility, which he will work hard to repair."

The idea that Zimmerman and wife mistakenly lied to the court would contradict the allegations that the couple spoke in code regarding how much money had been raised.

Check out the video player below where the question is addressed whether Zimmerman’s wife should face perjury charges.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Videos: Sheriff speaks out on George Zimmerman processing, booking

Sheriff Don Eslinger of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office spoke to media after George Zimmerman turned himself in to the Seminole County Jail after his bond was revoked last week. Eslinger described how Zimmerman met two officers at a prearranged location, was handcuffed and taken into custody, then escorted to the jail. Zimmerman arrived at approximately 1:25 pm. Zimmerman continues to remain in jail where he is being held without bond following a decision handed down by Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., on Friday, June 1, 2012. Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, plans to have another bond hearing where he hopes his client will be granted bail a second time. According to Sherriff Eislinger, the hearing will be held soon, but there are no plans scheduled for a hearing tomorrow.

A white van was seen pulling into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility, shortly afterwards, Zimmerman emerged. He was handcuffed and wore jeans and a long-sleeve, white and plaid shirt. Zimmerman will be placed in administrative confinement, Sherriff Eslinger stated. He described the housing as single-cell, and similar to that of his time in jail before bonding out in April 2012.

Though Zimmerman’s whereabouts were previously undisclosed due to alleged threats on his life, Sheriff Eslinger confirmed Zimmerman has been under electronic and telephonic monitoring.

Zimmerman faces charges of second-degree murder for the February 26, 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Martin was unarmed and returning from a convenience store where he had purchased an iced tea and bag of Skittles candy. Zimmerman claims he shot and killed the teen in self-defense.

You may see Sheriff Eslinger’s press announcement in the video below.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Has George Zimmerman ruined his credibility with a future jury?

Now that George Zimmerman has been caught lying on tape, the question must be asked whether he has ruined his credibility with a future jury. Groundbreaking changes shook the case against the 28-year-old former self-appointed neighborhood watch member, who is accused of shooting 17-year-old, unarmed Trayvon Martin to death on February 26, 2012. Jailhouse videotapes recorded conversations before George Zimmerman and his wife, Shelly, where they conspired to hide the true amount of money in the couple’s possession as well as an additional U.S. passport that didn’t expire until 2014. Now, it must be questioned whether a jury will find Zimmerman’s account of self-defense untruthful as he has proved himself to withhold facts and lie to the court.

Whether the jury will overlook the transgression, or justify that being guilty of lying doesn’t equate murder remains to be seen, and will ultimately be determined once the trial gets underway. If anything, however, we can see that the prosecution scored major points yesterday, and George Zimmerman, will not be using his U.S. passport anytime soon, as he must return to jail by Sunday afternoon.

Judge Kenneth Lester ordered Zimmerman back into custody, “At this time we place him on no bond status. Find that good cause exists based upon the material misrepresentations that the court relied upon. Order him to surrender himself within 48 hours to the sheriff of Seminole county.”

The fact that the funds raised on George Zimmerman’s website escaped his attorney’s notice and wasn’t brought up during the bond hearing is one that poses concern, as it was common knowledge that Zimmerman established the website. It has been estimated that Zimmerman has raised between $150,000 and $200,000 on his website.
View the video below where the Young Turks discussed Zimmerman’s website well before the bond hearing took place on April 20, 2012.

Jane Velez-Mitchell Transcript June 1, 2012 George Zimmerman ordered back to Jail

George Zimmerman's bond was revoked on June 1, 2012, and the accused murderer has to return to jail by Sunday, June 3, 2012. The groundbreaking developments were covered by major news outlets throughout Friday, including HLN's own Jane Velez-Mitchell.

The following is a transcript of Velez-Mitchell's show as aired on June 1. Mitchell followed the developments as well as addressed possible evidence that could prejudice a jury against Zimmerman.

What do you think of the following developments and allegations that Zimmerman withheld a U.S. passport and that his wife lied about how much cash the couple had on hand?

Here is the Jane Velez-Mitchell transcript.

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JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HOST: I`m Jane Velez-Mitchell coming to you from New York City.

Breaking news in the Trayvon Martin shooting case. Accused killer George Zimmerman ordered back to jail, the judge revoking his bond for lying to the court.


VELEZ-MITCHELL (voice-over): Tonight, breaking news in the George Zimmerman case. Trayvon Martin`s shooter ordered back to jail after the prosecutor accused him of lying at his bond hearing. The judge furious as he revoked George Zimmerman`s bond. We`re going to talk to the lawyer for Trayvon`s family.

Also, growing questions about a disturbing series of crimes that have one very hideous things in common. Cops say a porn star dismembered and consumed a human body and caught it on video. Another man accused of doing the same thing to his roommate. A third attempting to devour the face of a homeless man. What is behind this? We`re going to examine the psychological roots.

Also, the mother of adorable missing Kyron Horman suing mad tonight. Desiree Young`s little boy vanished almost two years ago after his stepmom, Terri Horman, dropped him off at school. And now Desiree wants to hold Terri responsible. Will this spark any new clues in the search for Kyron?

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, SHOOTING SUSPECT: Hey, we`ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there`s a real suspicious guy.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He just said he shot him. The person is dead, laying on the ground!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Sanford Police Department is conducting a fair investigation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There was gunshots.

SYBRINA FULTON, MOTHER OF TRAYVON: Our son was not committing any crime!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No justice! No peace!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No justice! No peace!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No justice! No peace!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you following him?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, we don`t need you to do that.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Zimmerman has made the statement of self- defense.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But Neighborhood Watch is Neighborhood Watch, not neighborhood shoot.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One million dollars for the capture of George Zimmerman.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: You know, if I had a son, he`d look like Trayvon.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Do you think he`s yelling "help"?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: George, what`s your last name?

ZIMMERMAN: Zimmerman.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, breaking news in George Zimmerman`s murder case. The man accused of gunning down an unarmed teen has been ordered back to jail. A judge in Florida revoked Zimmerman`s bond today for lying about his passport and how much money he had.


KENNETH LESTER, JUDGE: He can`t sit back and obtain the benefits of a lower bond or circumstances based upon those material falsehoods. That`s what they were. So at this time I revoke him bond, place him on no-bond status.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: The Neighborhood Watch volunteer is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The teen was walking home from a convenience store the evening of February 26 when the defendant shot him, shot him dead. Zimmerman claims he fired in self-defense. The prosecutor says Zimmerman misrepresented how much money he had when his bond was first granted back in April. That`s a fancy way of saying he lied. Zimmerman claimed indigence, that he was broke. And that played a part in him getting to walk out of jail.

But the state now says Zimmerman had access to at least 135 grand he got from a Web site where he was asking for donations to help pay for his defense. Prosecutors say Zimmerman can be heard in jail phone calls talking in code, telling his wife, essentially, to move the money around.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The defendant`s wife lied to this court when -- and I`ve cited in the motion -- both Mr. O`Mara and the state asked her questions, she stated she had no money when, in fact, the records show that she did.

We have the jail calls the defendant made to his wife and to other people -- and I`ll focus specifically on his wife, Shelly Zimmerman -- in which he repeatedly tells her about the money, about moving the money, and transferring it from one position to the other.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Wow! Those phone calls are going to become a crucial part of this entire case.

Straight out to Natalie Jackson, the attorney for the Trayvon Martin family. Your reaction to this extraordinary development of the judge saying, "You lied. You go back to jail."

NATALIE JACKSON, ATTORNEY FOR TRAYVON MARTIN`S FAMILY: I will tell you, we`ve said all along this case is about the American justice system and whether or not it works equally and fairly for all.

What the judge did today was very important to this case. The judge said that he was going to follow the law, and he was going to make everyone else follow the law. And it testified truthfully about what they know, and he was not going to allow any shenanigans in his courtroom.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, let me say, Mark Nejame, HLN contributor, criminal defense attorney, what I saw, just from a chess game strategy was, wow, this is war.

Now, you remember during that bond hearing it seemed like the defense attorney, Mark O`Mara, had really scored points against the prosecution, even embarrassed the prosecutors. He sort of held a mini trial, called up an investigator, started cross-examining him. The gentleman didn`t have all the answers, hadn`t seen a medical report. And everybody was kind of snickering, saying, "Wow. Mark O`Mara, Zimmerman`s attorney, just absolutely devastated them."

Well, today it was payback, because this was a big day for the prosecution, Mark.

MARK NEJAME, HLN LEGAL ANALYST: Yes, credit where credit`s due.

Look, if he lied, bail should be denied. There`s no question about it.

I was a little surprised in that I thought that the judge would require a hearing in order for a determination to be made as to whether there was a misrepresentation. The judge has done it in reverse of what I thought. He basically yanked the bond and said, "I`ll give you a second bite of the apple. But if you want another evidentiary hearing later on, I`ll give it to you."

But apparently, the state was able to get the tapes of -- when you`re in jail, all your calls are recorded. And they had it all lined up, and they were able to establish, at least to the court`s satisfaction, that there was money there. And if there was money there, and it was a misrepresentation, judge did the right thing.

I just simply wanted there to be an evidentiary hearing so we could really find out what happened. But apparently -- and I`ve not seen it -- but if those transcripts are as the judge indicated -- of course, we have no reason to doubt otherwise. I mean, if the judge stated it, I know it to be correct. Then there`s big trouble. Not only for yanking the bond but also for the credibility down the line.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, exactly. How dumb is this?

Joe Episcopo, criminal defense attorney, I mean, in a self-defense case where the victim is not around anymore, because he`s tragically died, the shooter`s most important defense is his own word, his credibility, when he claims, "I did it in self-defense."

And now his credibility, according to a lot of observers, is shot because he`s been shown up by prosecutors to be a liar and also kind of a conniver, allegedly, purportedly speaking in code with his wife, caught on this recording.

JOE EPISCOPO, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, especially as it relates to...


EPISCOPO: And you know, I know Judge Lester. He`s a very fair and even-tempered judge. Even though he did throw me out of his courtroom one time.

Now they`ll have to appeal his decision and prove an abuse of discretion, which they won`t be able to do, and he`ll sit there until his trial comes. So I don`t think he`s in good shape at this particular point.

And, you know, I thought it was pretty obvious that they were making a lot of money on the Internet. They should have said something. "Judge, we`re hoping to make a lot of money to help with this case on the Internet. So far we`ve made such-and-such." Why didn`t they do that? It sounds like they were trying to cover it up.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. And I`ve got to tell you, I talked to Mark O`Mara after that bond hearing. And I said, listen, when it came out that they had made all of this money on the Web site, I said, "Didn`t you ask your client about that?"

And he acknowledged. He said, you know, "I should have -- I should have been a little more thorough."

But, I mean, I think in this day and age where everything comes out, Natalie Jackson, were you, as the attorney -- an attorney for Trayvon Martin`s family, astounded that these kinds of purported hijinks were being played with the court on such a high-profile case? Does anybody really think they`re going to be able to hide a couple of hundred grand?

JACKSON: Well, you know, we`ve always known that George Zimmerman`s credibility is what is going to do him in at the end. That this whole case is based on whether or not he`s credible, whether or not there is a self- defense claim.

He`s the only person that say that he acted in self-defense. So his credibility is the key to this case. So what we were, we were actually -- our faith was restored a little bit that the law was going to be followed. We`ve always believed, if the law is followed, then there will be a conviction in this case.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Want to go out to the phone lines, because they`re lighting up over this. Lori, Tennessee, your question or thought -- Lori.

CALLER: Hi, Jane.


CALLER: I just, you know -- just listening to all of these things that are going on with this case, and I thought from the beginning, if Zimmerman would have just taken responsibility for what happened, I think he knew it wasn`t self-defense. But he had to come up with something. And he knew law enforcement well enough.

But I also think that the police officers dropped the ball a little bit, too, because they just took his word for it. And now...



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These witnesses are scared to death to comply in terms of their names, their intimate details, where they live, their relatives, their phone numbers, et cetera, being publicized, where they work. And our fear is that`s what`s going to occur.

And in the long run, it`s going to do a disservice to this particular case, and it`s going to severely impact the ability to try this case in this county, maybe even the state of Florida.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, that`s the prosecutor saying, "Hey, Judge, please don`t give out to the media the names of the witnesses and the photo of the victim, texts, cell phone records."

But, of course, Florida has the biggest, most open sunshine laws, and essentially the judge said, "Look, the law is against us. The law in Florida is different than any other place in the country."

But that got overshadowed by the bombshell developments toward the end of the hearing when the judge hears the prosecution`s motion to throw this guy, George Zimmerman, back in the clink and agrees. In fact, the judge is furious.

Sunny Hostin, "In Session" legal contributor, play it down. Tell us in people terms what the heck happened.

SUNNY HOSTIN, LEGAL CONTRIBUTOR, TRUTV`S "IN SESSION": Well, what happened is that the government, of course, filed a motion to revoke George Zimmerman`s bond on two grounds, because they have been doing their work, their investigation. And they found out that George Zimmerman and Shelly Zimmerman had been having these jailhouse phone calls. And, as you know, Jane, and as I know and probably most of your viewers know, those calls are always monitored and taped.

Well, for the first round, they found out that George Zimmerman, while he did relinquish one passport, apparently, he had a second passport that he had applied for, claiming that the first passport had been lost. And the second passport that he maintains that he kept didn`t expire until 2014.

But, really, Jane, what the court, what Judge Lester was most concerned about was the second ground that the government moved on, and that is they found out during these phone calls between George and Shelly Zimmerman that, in fact, the day before this bond hearing, the hearing at which Shelly Zimmerman took an oath to tell the truth, yet told the court that she had no money, no funds that she knew of to come up with enough money to bond George Zimmerman out. In fact, they had $135,000 in a credit union account that she controlled at the direction of George Zimmerman.

Well, Jane, you know judges do not like to be lied to. They don`t like misrepresentations. And once he heard about that, this judge yanked his bond, ordered him back to jail within 48 hours.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Mark Nejame, HLN contributor, criminal defense attorney out of Orlando, if George Zimmerman ultimately takes the stand in his own defense at his trial, will he be cross-examined about these alleged misrepresentations, this lying purportedly about passport, about money?

NEJAME: You hit the nail on the head. That`s going to be the issue about admissibility. And he did not specifically say that at his bond hearing, but apparently allowed his wife to make statements which the judge has interpreted as being untrue. So to specifically attach a statement, you really can`t do that.

However, if they can show that he possibly allowed lies to come in, it`s going to be a stretch. I mean, it`s one thing to pull the bond. It`s going to clearly impact his credibility for a stand-your-ground hearing, presuming there is one. It becomes more iffy at the time of trial whether any of it will be able to get in.

But I think if, in fact, the lie was told and it turns out to be a lie -- and I think there is going to be a subsequent evidentiary hearing -- judge gave the defense the opportunity to do that. In his press conference, O`Mara said that he would be presenting his client to give an explanation to the court.

But the reality of it is, is that this hurts across the board: credibility and everything else, no question about it.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Natalie Jackson, you are an attorney for Trayvon Martin`s family. What was their reaction to this news? Because I know they were devastated when he got out on bond, and he walked free. I remember them walking away, and they looked like they had tears in their eyes.

JACKSON: Yes. You know, of course they always thought that George Zimmerman behind -- belonged behind bars. They are parents who lost a teenage -- a teenage child. So for them, I think that, you know, they consider that their faith is being restored in the justice system, too.

They want the law to be followed. That`s all that they`ve asked for in this case. That was that. The beginning of this case was the demand for an arrest. We know, by the prosecution`s affidavit, there should have been an arrest in this case.

So the law has always -- whether or not we were going to follow the law has always been a question. And today the judge gave us faith by telling us, yes, we are.



LESTER: He can`t sit back and enjoy the benefit of a lower bond or circumstances based upon those material falsehoods. That`s what they were. So at this time, revoke his bond, place him on no-bond status.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: An angry judge says, "George Zimmerman, you`re going back to jail."

And to put it in people terms, the prosecutor said that this guy lied, that he lied and that his wife also misrepresented the amount of money they had. They presented themselves as broke when they were given -- he was given bond, and now it comes out that they had a lot of money. They had a Web site set up to receive donations.

Now, this could be the beginning of Zimmerman`s problems, because there was something that sort of -- you could have missed it if you were watching the hearing. It was said in passing but could be absolutely crucial. And it relates to this so-called witness No. 9.

The prosecutor cryptically referred to some person that has some kind of dispute with George Zimmerman, details that the state says could prejudice the jury against George Zimmerman. Listen carefully.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The audio-recorded statements, 2 CDs have been furnished to defense of a witness identified as witness No. 9 taken on March 20 of 2012 by investigators for the Sanford state attorney`s office.

It deals with an allegation made by that witness regarding an act committed by this defendant. I think quite frankly, in fairness to the defendant, it would be severely prejudicial to the defendant.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Allegations of an act committed by this defendant that would be severely prejudicial to this defendant? Wow, my ears popped up at that one. Mark Nejame, did your ears pop up when you heard that, too?

NEJAME: I must have been driving because I didn`t hear it, but, having heard it now, I will tell you that what he`s likely alluding to is prior acts. Prior acts are historically and typically and legally not permitted in court. I think that`s what both sides were arguing, they were trying to bar the press from basically having all this.

Apparently, he did something that will be interpreted by the public, at least from the prosecution`s perspective, as being prejudicial and inflammatory, and it won`t be admissible in court anyway. So that`s likely -- what it is specifically we don`t know, but a prior act standing alone is not going to get into court.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, Sunny Hostin, briefly, are we going to learn, is the media going to find out, what this allegation is? Twenty seconds.

HOSTIN: Well, you know, it seemed that the judge was inclined to release a lot of information. He said very clearly, Jane, that according to him and the sunshine laws, that the laws were sort of against what the prosecution was asking for. So we may hear about it.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Extraordinary day in court.

Read Florida Motion to Revoke George Zimmerman Bond

If you've missed the latest breaking news, there is plenty going on in the case of George Zimmerman. On Friday, June 1, 2012, prosecutors from the State of Florida filed a motion to revoke George Zimmerman's bond. There were several reasons for the motion's filing.

First, on April 12, 2012 attorneys for George Zimmerman stated that their client did not have a U.S. passport, and did not have significant financial assets, savings, or bonds. The prosecution stated that during the April 20, 2012 bond hearing, George Zimmerman misrepresented his financial status as well as the current status of his U.S. passport. In fact, the prosecution didn't just accuse Zimmerman of misleading or withholding information, but rather stated that Zimmerman's wife, Shelly Zimmerman, actually lied to the court.

Though George Zimmerman surrendered a passport to the court, he had an additional passport that did not expire until 2014. He kept this passport in his possession, against court order, during his bond.

During a recorded jailhouse, phone conversation between George Zimmerman and his wife, Shelly Zimmerman, Zimmerman was overheard speaking to his wife about his passport. She stated the passport was in a safety deposit box, and he asked her to hold on to it for him.

Regarding donations, it was learned that at the time of Zimmerman's bond hearing, he had approximately $150,000 in PayPal donations. Watch the videos below and read the motion to revoke George Zimmerman's bond.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Trayvon Martin case update: George Zimmerman, Interim Chief of Police (videos)

It’s April 25, 2012, and there have been several significant updates in the Trayvon Martin cae. Trayvon Martin is the 17-year-old boy who George Zimmerman, 28, shot and killed on February 26, 2012.

The prosecution in the case argues that George Zimmerman falsely profiled Trayvon, followed him which resulted in a physical altercation, then shot him at close range. George Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder on April 11, 2012, followed by an initial court hearing on April 12, 2012. The case was transferred to Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler, who had only been on the bench for one year.

Shortly after receiving the case, Judge Recksiedler announced she would remove herself due to the fact her husband works with Mark NeJame, a prominent Orlando based attorney who provides commentary on CNN. Mark NeJame referred George Zimmerman to his current attorney, Mark O’Mara. Jessica Recksiedler officially removed herself from the case on April 18, 2012.

On April 20, 2012, George Zimmerman appeared in court for a bond hearing. Seminole County Judge Kenneth M. Lester Jr. replaced Judge Jessica Recksiedler. Judge Lester set Zimmerman’s bond at $150,000. George Zimmerman used the hearing as an opportunity to apologize to Trayvon Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton. Both attended.

George Zimmerman stated, “I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not."

On Monday, April 23, 2012 at about midnight, George Zimmerman slipped out of the Seminole County Jail wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a brown, paper bag containing his belongings. With bond set at $150,000, George Zimmerman put up $15,000 bail. It is unclear whether his family contributed to bail or if he has received funds from his website that accepts donations for his defense. George Zimmerman’s location remains secret for his protection.

Bill Lee, Chief of Police for Sanford, temporarily resigned from his position due to growing outrage over the way the case was handled. On Monday, April 23, 2012, the Sanford City Commission heard a request to allow Chief Lee to permanently resign from the position. They denied the request and are currently looking for an interim police chief. Bill Lee temporarily stepped down on March 22, 2012 and Darren Scott filled in as police chief. The Sanford Police Department is currently searching for another interim police chief as Darren Scott returned to his duties as captain.

An initial arraignment was scheduled for George Zimmerman on May 29, 2012, but his attorney entered a written plea of not guilty, making need for the arraignment void.
Check out the Trayvon Martin case videos below.

Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder:

Judge says she may have conflict in Zimmerman case:

Judge says she may have conflict in Zimmerman case:

Judge quits Trayvon Martin case, cites conflict:

George Zimmerman granted bond, apologizes to Trayvon Martin's family during hearing:

George Zimmerman released from jail:

Resignation of chief in Martin case rejected:

Resignation of chief in Martin case rejected:

Saturday, April 21, 2012

New photo, video allegedly shows George Zimmerman with bloody head

On April 20, 2012, ABC News obtained an exclusive photo that allegedly shows George Zimmerman with an injured, bloody head. George Zimmerman is currently facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Martin was unarmed at the time of the attack which the Florida prosecution describes as a case of profiling. The photo has brought attention to George Zimmerman’s claim that he shot the teenager in self-defense. Zimmerman is expected to enter a plea of not guilty and may base his legal strategy on Florida’s “stand-your-ground law.” ABC released the photo exclusively on their program. The network was also first to obtain leaked surveillance video capturing the moments after George Zimmerman was taken in handcuffs for questioning. The photo was allegedly taken approximately 3 minutes after George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

The ABC video shows the back of George Zimmerman’s closely shaved head with what appears to be two small cuts and blood trickling down. One cut appears to be a horizontal gash, the other a small, round hole or abrasion. In the previously released surveillance video, and officer was seen visually examining the back of Zimmerman’s head. Police reports from the scene state that paramedics observed Zimmerman and treated him for injuries before he was transferred to the Sanford Police station for questioning.

Also on April 20, 2012, was George Zimmerman’s bond hearing. During that time, Zimmerman took the stand and offered an apology to Trayvon Martin’s parents. He stated, “I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. And I did not know if he was armed or not.”

Benjamin Crump, who represents Trayvon Martin’s parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, stated they were outraged by Zimmerman’s apology.

The identity of the photographer has not been revealed, but ABC News obtained GPS footage from the photographer’s camera phone that stated the photo was captured on February 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm. Trayvon Martin’s parents released a statement following the release of the photo. It states, Prosecutors have seen all the evidence, and still they believe Zimmerman murdered Trayvon.”

Click the video player below to see the photo of George Zimmerman’s injured and bloodied head.

Friday, April 20, 2012

George Zimmerman gets bond, says he’s sorry for killing Trayvon Martin (video)

On April 20, 2012, George Zimmerman appeared before Judge Kenneth Lester where he attended a bond hearing. Court took a dramatic turn as George Zimmerman took the stand and spoke directly to Trayvon Martin’s parents who attended. Following the hearing, attorney for the Martins, Benjamin Crump, held a news conference and revealed the Martins were outraged at Zimmerman’s apology.

“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. And I did not know if he was armed or not,” George Zimmerman stated from the stand.

Judge Lester set bond at $150,000 and ordered George Zimmerman to wear a GPS monitor. Judge Lester prohibited Zimmerman from using drugs or alcohol and will need to meet a curfew set from 7:00 pm until 6:00 am throughout the duration of his bail. He is required to check in with authorities every three days. Though Zimmerman made a point of speaking out to Trayvon Martin’s parents, he will not be able to contact them while out on bond.

Click the video player below to watch George Zimmerman as he apologizes to Trayvon Martin’s parents from the stand.

George Zimmerman granted bond, apologizes to Trayvon Martin's family during hearing:

Video: George Zimmerman ‘wept’ first night in jail says report

According to reports by ABC News, George Zimmerman, who is facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, “wept quite a bit” during his first night in jail and was under 24-hour-protective custody surveillance. George Zimmerman’s arrest comes 45 days after the tragic shooting that sparked civil unrest and protests across the nation. George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder after a special prosecutor, Angela Corey, reviewed the case, and determined that Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black male, after profiling him and falsely assuming the teen was engaging in illegal activity. George Zimmerman claims self-defense saying that after following Trayvon, he turned to return to his vehicle, when Trayvon took it upon himself to follow Zimmerman to his vehicle and attack him. The prosecution disagrees.

In an interview with ABC, Mark O’Mara stated that George Zimmerman recognizes his involvement in Trayvon Martin’s death and may reach out to Martin’s parents. He stated, “Understand that George fully well realizes that he was involved in some way in the death of another young man. He does not take the result of that altercation lightly at all. That weighed on him, I would imagine, more than the isolation, more than the last six weeks, more probably than the threat of what is to come in the system.”

George Zimmerman has said he wishes to apologize to Trayvon Martin’s parents; they are unreceptive to his request.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Nancy Grace transcript: George Zimmerman appears in court April 12, 2012

The Trayvon Martin case was the subject of the HLN Nancy Grace program on April 12, 2012. You may read the full show transcript below.

Aired April 12, 2012 - 20:00 ET


NANCY GRACE, HOST: Breaking news tonight, live, Sanford, Florida. A 17-year-old heads home to his dad`s condo, gunned down by the captain of neighborhood watch. Forty-four long days after the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an arrest goes down.

Bombshell tonight. In the last hours, staring straight at a murder two charge, George Zimmerman makes a first appearance in court. And tonight, with us live and taking your calls, the parents of the 17-year-old at the heart of the case, Trayvon Martin.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Justice will be served.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: George Zimmerman is now charged in the death of Trayvon Martin.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Murder in the second degree.

SYBRINA FULTON, TRAYVON`S MOTHER: Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Jesus!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: All along, they have been demanding his arrest.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I will confirm that Mr. Zimmerman is indeed in custody.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is Zimmerman`s arrival at the Seminole County jail.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is his new mug shot.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) enter a plea of not guilty.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Self-defense, stand your ground, 776.031.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did he know that that was a minor, that that was a teenager, and that he did not have a weapon?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Other people call it the "license to murder" statute.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Murder in the second degree.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Because it doesn`t require actions to avoid the confrontation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If stand your ground becomes an issue, we fight it.

FULTON: I believe it was an accident. I believe that it just got out of control, and he couldn`t turn the clock back.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Zimmerman, you`re appearing here for your first appearances, or first appearance at this time for the charge of murder in the second degree, and you are represented by O`Mara. Is that true?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Remember your right to remain silent, all the other rights that he has told you about. You have to say nothing. And we`ll go forward here on some procedural matters only at this time.

After reviewing the short affidavit for probable cause, I do find that probable cause for the charge as put in the information. Now seeing that there`s an information that was filed as of last -- yesterday at 4:00 PM, all other matters at this point will be handled by the circuit court under the felony case number.


GRACE: Good evening. I`m Nancy Grace. I want to thank you for being with us.

Bombshell tonight. In the last hours, staring straight at a murder two charge, George Zimmerman makes a first appearance in court. Tonight, with us live and taking your calls, the parents of the 17-year-old young man at the heart of this case, Trayvon Martin.

First of all, straight out to David Mattingly, CNN correspondent. In the last hours, Zimmerman in court. Many people were stunned he did not make a request for bond at this time. It`s all being deferred to who is apparently going to be the trial judge, Judge Jessica Recksiedler.

DAVID MATTINGLY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That`s right. It was the big question today as he went in for that first appearance. Was George Zimmerman going to get out of jail today? And the answer is no.

The entire proceedings took less than three minutes. He was notified of the charges against him. He made clear that he had an attorney representing him. And that was pretty much it.

Right now, the way we`re left with this is that there`s going to be a bond hearing somewhere down the road before that arraignment that`s been set for late May. So George Zimmerman is going to be spending some time in the jail here in Seminole County before that bond hearing where they decide if he`s going to get out.

And at that time, there`s still no guarantee because the prosecution will still have the opportunity to prove he might be a flight risk, he might be a danger to the community. So there`s a lot of unknowns here that might keep George Zimmerman in jail.

GRACE: To Steve Helling, writer for "People" magazine. We all saw the hearing. What was set to be a bond hearing today turned out to be a very brief, a very short first appearance.

All of you are seeing what happened this afternoon in the last hours. There is Zimmerman standing there, as you see him in prison blues. I was very surprised to see that he was handcuffed in court. That is very unusual. It`s always a no-no in front of a jury, under the interpretation of our Constitution. But since this is being transmitted over the airwaves, I`m very surprised that he would be portrayed in handcuffs to a potential jury pool.

That said, Steve Helling, I imagine that a bond hearing is going to go down sooner, rather than later. They are not going to wait until May 29.

But as to the hearing today, what did you make of Zimmerman`s appearance, Helling?

STEVE HELLING, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: Well, you know, what I think is, like you said, we are looking at a potential jury pool. And this is being -- you know, across the country, people are watching this.

But this isn`t the first time we`ve seen people in handcuffs. I mean, we saw Casey Anthony in handcuffs before -- you know, before she went to trial. So you know, I think that the juries will be able to figure that out when the time comes. And we don`t know when that will be. That will be a long time from now.

GRACE: Well, I can tell you this, Helling. At the rate that justice moves, they will have forgotten all about the first appearance hearing by the time a jury is finally struck in this case. And it looks as if that is exactly where this is headed.

To Ellie Jostad, the chief editorial producer on our show. Ellie, we`ve all studied the Florida statutes intensely. And apparently, in this particular case, as opposed to a manslaughter case, a murder two case can be a no-bond offense. The judge doesn`t have to grant a bond at all.

ELLIE JOSTAD, NANCY GRACE PRODUCER: Right, Nancy. That`s correct. And that is because this second-degree murder charge is punishable by up to life in prison. That makes it a non-bondable offense. However, we do expect they will ask for bond eventually.

GRACE: Absolutely. Everybody -- Liz, re-rack what happened in court in the last hours.

For those of you just joining us, finally, step one to justice. We`re not saying Zimmerman`s innocent or guilty. We are saying this is a jury decision, and it all starts right here with a first appearance.

Unleash the lawyers. Joining me tonight out of the Florida jurisdiction, Mark Lippman, Richard Herman, defense attorney joining us out of Vegas, Renee Rockwell, veteran criminal defense attorney out of the Atlanta jurisdiction.

OK, first to you, Lippman. Explain to us the significance of what happened today. And it sounded like today`s judge, he wasn`t going to touch this with a 10-foot pole.

MARK LIPPMAN, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, the judge doesn`t have jurisdiction once the information`s been filed. He`s a county court judge.

GRACE: Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!

LIPPMAN: The information...

GRACE: Back it up. Back it up, Lippman.

LIPPMAN: Yes, ma`am.

GRACE: When you throw out legal terms like that -- look, we already know you`re smart. We already know all of you got your lawyer`s degree. You got a J.D. But when you say "information`s been filed," that is a legal term for the actual charge. The murder two charge has been filed. Go ahead.

LIPPMAN: As of 4:00 o`clock yesterday, they filed the official charges, where the prosecutor says she believes that she can prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt, and she signed it and attested to it and swore to it.

So since that`s happened, it`s now in circuit court, and it`s going to be in front of a circuit court judge to handle the case.

GRACE: Let`s talk about the judge, Judge Jessica Recksiedler. You know her, Lippman. What can you tell me?

LIPPMAN: I can tell you she`s a relatively new judge. I haven`t had the pleasure of being in front of her quite yet. But I have heard good things and...

GRACE: She`s got a reputation.

LIPPMAN: ... I`m sure she`ll be...

GRACE: She`s got a reputation. She has a reputation, Judge Jessica Recksiedler. Let`s see. How does it go? As I recall, she graduated law school in `97 from Florida law school. She has a lot of expertise not only in civil law, but she was also an assistant state`s attorney, was she not, Lippman?

LIPPMAN: I believe she was. And I believe she knows the law very well as far as handling this type of case.

GRACE: And you know, Renee Rockwell, why is it so important for a trial judge to have tried a case before? Have you ever tried a case in front of a judge that hasn`t ever tried a case? I have. It`s not easy.

RENEE ROCKWELL, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, no, Nancy. But in this situation, she was an ex-prosecutor, so she`s going to have command of the law. And I can see her giving him a bond, Nancy. He turned himself in.

GRACE: Well, you know what? I appreciate that. But Richard Herman, let`s talk about whether he`s going to get bond. There`s a shot of Jessica Recksiedler, the judge on this case.

Richard Herman, there are a lot of criteria they`re going to look at to determine whether or not he will get a bond. One is flight risk. Yes, he turned himself in, but for a period of time, many, many days, even his lawyers said they didn`t know where he was and that he went off the grid. Nobody could get in touch with him. That`s a problem. And they commented on it on national TV. That was dumb.

Next, is he a risk to himself? Is he a risk to others? Will he tamper with witnesses? Is he a danger to society? Weigh in, Herman. What`s the chance he`s going to get a bond?

RICHARD HERMAN, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: If he`s going to get a bond, I think Mr. Lippman will confirm that in the majority, substantially all the second-degree charge cases like this in the state of Florida, they do get bond. And he made a call himself to the prosecutors!

GRACE: Yes, he did.

HERMAN: He`s going to get bond. He deserves to get it. He deserves to get it, Nancy.

GRACE: Well, I think that in this jurisdiction, he may very well get a bond. I don`t know, however, if the practicalities of the case -- out to you, David Mattingly -- are going to allow him to get a bond because typically, you`re told to stay in the jurisdiction. Even his own defense lawyers say if he`s got to stay local, he could be in danger.

MATTINGLY: Well, they`ve always been concerned about his own protection as he`s been at large in the public. And we heard the two (sound drop) a couple of days (sound drop) going to be representing him (sound drop) the state.

But he has been extraordinarily cooperative with police. Every time we`ve talked to police and investigators here, they say that they knew they could reach him, they were not concerned that he was going to be in a position (sound drop) this investigation.

(sound drop) It`s been perceived that he has been extremely cooperative (sound drop) and you heard just (sound drop) office on his own to talk (sound drop) about what needs to go forward.

GRACE: Everybody, we are taking your calls. We`re talking about what went down in the last hours in a Florida courtroom. Now, it may not have looked like any courtroom you`ve ever seen before, and that`s because this was a video appearance.

Explain what happened, Ellie.

JOSTAD: Nancy, the way that this works is there is actually a hearing room there. The judge can either elect to appear there in person or by videoconference. And they actually have the media shoot through a window. And this courtroom is in the jail itself.

So that`s why it looked a little different than normal. The video is actually coming from the other side of a window into that courtroom.

GRACE: Everybody, there is Zimmerman as he appeared in the last hours, his first appearance in court. This is required by the Constitution. According to our system of jurisprudence, you can`t just be arrested and thrown in the jail and sit there and rot.

You have a right to appear in a courtroom in 72 hours or less and be formally told what your charges are, the status of your case, find out if you need a lawyer.

We`re talking about now whether or not Zimmerman is going to post bond. Murder two is a no-bond offense, if the judge wants it to be. There are many people who post bond on big cases.

For example, Robert Blake, murder, posted bond. Michael Peterson, murder, posted bond. Phil Spector, murder, posted bond. Michael Jackson, child molestation, posted bond. Conrad Murray, homicide, posted bond.

Now, a few that did not make bond -- Scott Peterson, triple (sic) murder. O.J. Simpson, double -- triple murder -- excuse me, double murder. Tot mom Casey Anthony, murder. They did not make bond. So we`ll see what`s happening.

Right now, we know it`s going to be transferred to another judge. So long story short, Steve Helling, when will they set the bond hearing?

HELLING: Well, you know, that remains to be seen. And you know, we have a date of May 29th. But as you said before, it`s probably going to happen earlier than that.

GRACE: This was referred to as case 1083-CFA. But it is known as the Trayvon Martin shooting case. Step one to justice, in the last hours, George Zimmerman appears before a judge.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There is truth in those tapes, that he lost sight of Trayvon.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There only is one truth. He did not ever follow, confront or catch up to Trayvon, ever.

TRACY MARTIN, TRAYVON`S FATHER: My son left Sanford, Florida, in a body bag while George Zimmerman went home to go to sleep in his own bed.




UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: George Zimmerman, the Florida watch volunteer, now an accused murderer.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As a family, we`re devastated.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I just heard a loud gunshot (INAUDIBLE) and then the screaming stopped.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. O`Mara is the number one quarterback that we have from the draft.

GRACE: I think it`s time for a Hail Mary. That`s what I can tell you right now.


GRACE: Welcome back. Joining me right now are two very, very special guests, the parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, his mother, Tracy Martin, his father. To both of you, thank you for being with us.



GRACE: You know, I`ve seen you so many times. I`ve listened to you speak. I`ve imagined you praying, imagined you crying.

You know, as a crime victim myself, when my fiance was murdered, I thought I knew what pain was until I had children. And I cannot imagine what you two have been going through.

And please know that so many prayers have been lifted up for you, to both of you.

FULTON: Thank you.

GRACE: First of all -- yes, ma`am. First of all, to you, Ms. Fulton. So much has happened today. There`s been a first appearance. You know, we thought there was going to be a bond hearing. There wasn`t.

But I want to talk about something different than what happened in court today because we`re going to see a lot of court proceedings from this point on.

I want to talk about that moment when you learned your son had been shot. I remember when it happened to me like it was yesterday. Where were you? What happened at that moment, Ms. Fulton?

FULTON: I was at work. It was Monday morning. It was the day after Trayvon was murdered. His dad gave me a call. He told me that Trayvon was missing, and I told him to make sure that he`s not with his cousin that lives up in that Orlando area. He told me that he would give me a call back. He was going to call around and give me a call back.

At that time, I told my supervisor that I had to leave, I had a family emergency. And I left. Maybe within 30, maybe 45 minutes, I left my job. I got my things together. When I got to my car downstairs of my building, my office building where I work, I had missed two calls from Tracy.

And I called him back while I was in the parking lot of my job, and he told me the absolute worst news that you can tell a mother, and that is that her child is dead. I didn`t believe it then. I still have issues believing it now.


FULTON: I still feel that this is just a nightmare and that I`m going to open up my eyes one day and Trayvon is going to come through the door and he`s going to give me a hug and a kiss. That is what I want to believe. But I know reality is starting to set in, and I know that he`s not going to come back. And it still hurts.

GRACE: You know, Ms. Fulton, again, I can`t even compare to losing a child. But I remember -- and this went on for a long time. I`m not sure how long. I would go to my parents and say, Mother, is Keith dead? He`s dead, right? He`s gone. He`s dead. I just could not -- sometimes it just didn`t even seem real to me!

And when you talk about you expect him to come back in through the door -- do you ever wake up sometimes in the morning and you think that you`ve had a bad dream, and then you lay there and you realize it`s real?

FULTON: Yes. All the time. Sometimes I wake up in the morning, I`m thinking, Oh, I have to take Trayvon to school. And then I`m, like -- you know, it`s just almost unreal. It`s almost like a nightmare. But I`m living in reality, and it`s starting to catch up with me that he is really gone.

GRACE: Mr. Martin, I can`t place myself in the position of a father. I can`t as a parent now. Thank God. How hard was it -- describe to me the moment you had to tell Trayvon`s mother that he was dead.

MARTIN: It was most certainly the worst news that I ever had to deliver. It was the most terrifying conversation that I had ever had with Sybrina. I didn`t really know how to explain to her that our son was -- was dead. And she asked me how and why, and I didn`t have an answer for her. I just -- I felt...

GRACE: You didn`t know at that time that he had been shot?

MARTIN: At that -- I knew he had been shot, but I just didn`t know how the altercation went down and why he was -- why he had been shot.

GRACE: Well, I remember, I thought -- in my mind, I thought that my fiance must have died in a car crash. That`s just what I had in my head. I don`t know why I thought that. I didn`t know he`d been murdered. I didn`t know he`d been shot. I found that out later.

Mr. Martin, when did police -- I know that Trayvon was coming home to your place, to your condo, your girlfriend`s condo that evening. And I know it was raining outside. And I`m trying to figure out, when did you realize what had happened?

MARTIN: Once I started making the 911 calls and the -- trying to contact the sheriff`s department to find out had they any information on him, and it -- you know, they kept telling me no.


GRACE: When did you realize what had happened? Didn`t you think that he had gone to a movie and then you`d find out many hours later, whoa, he did not go to a movie? What`s going on?

MARTIN: And I`ve decided -- once I`ve decided to file a missing persons report, and the first -- when I described Trayvon to the dispatcher, and it was strange. Five minutes later she called me back and asked me what was he last wearing. And when she asked me that, it didn`t register. But it just seemed strange. And she told me that -- when she told me they were dispatching a unit to the -- to the residence, I just thought it was that they were coming to take the missing persons report. And it was -- when three cars pulled up, I knew something was wrong.

GRACE: Miss Fulton, I know it`s just overwhelming, you`re dealing with Trayvon being gone, and now all of this other. When you learned that a charge had finally happened -- it`s a murder two charge -- what did you feel at that moment? Did you expect it to happen?

SYBRINA FULTON, TRAYVON MARTIN`S MOTHER: I had faith in God that Miss Corey`s office would take a look at the evidence. And I just have faith that they were going to take a look -- a thorough look at it and then decide to arrest him. So I always believed that he would be arrested. It just took longer than I actually thought.

It`s very difficult for me on a day-to-day basis because, of course, I`ve had family members to pass to pass away, but when a child passes way it just really hits home. And just for the circumstances that it was, I mean, Trayvon did not have an illness, and I was expecting him to die, you know. And it just -- he had a bright future. And it just bothers me. Just in my mind it just bothers me to think about all the things that he could have done with his life.

GRACE: Well, I wonder, at that moment what he was thinking. What went through his mind. And you know what I pray? Not only for peace for you two in your hearts and for justice in this case, whatever that may be, but that he did not suffer, that he did not understand what was happening, and that it was a quick, quick passage on to heaven. That is what I pray for.

That evening, it`s my understanding, he was on his way back to his dad`s and he was on the phone with a girl. I think she`s 13, 14 years old. And he was concerned someone was following along behind him. And I think all of us that have been out in the world have had that thought that someone was behind us, you know, whether you`re walking to your house or the parking deck. And I find it very difficult to believe, Miss Fulton, that him saying on the phone, like, some guy is behind me, that he would double-back if he were afraid at all, that he would go back to that guy.

Does that sound like Trayvon to you? Would he have done that?

FULTON: No. And it really doesn`t make sense because on the 911 tapes Trayvon is running away from him. Trayvon was just trying to get back to the house. He wasn`t looking to do any harm to anyone. He wasn`t looking to commit any crime. He simply went to the store. So it`s just very difficult for me to just listen to all the negative things that they have said about Trayvon. And I know my son. He`s just an average teenager.

GRACE: You know what? I`ve heard it all. It hasn`t been repeated on our show, Miss Fulton. I can guarantee you that.

MARTIN: Thank you.

GRACE: Because I do not tolerate slurring and throwing mud at a crime victim. And regardless of what a jury does or the facts come out in this case at trial, he is a victim. Regardless of what anybody says. So all of that, that doesn`t mean a hill of beans, Miss Fulton and Mr. Martin, what people are saying about Trayvon, except that it is hurtful to you.

FULTON: It is.

MARTIN: It is.

GRACE: Mr. Martin, when you found out that Angela Corey was not taking this case to a grand jury, were you afraid that it was just going to slip through the cracks and there would never be a charge?

MARTIN: Once she made this -- I felt as though once she made the decision not to send it to the grand jury that she was going to charge Zimmerman with something. And the thing that pleased us about her not sending it to the grand jury was in Florida any cases sent to the grand jury is closed to the family. So they could have went in there. We don`t know the evidence that they were going to present, anything. Anything dealing with the case, we as a family should be entitled to be informed while it`s going on, not after the fact.

So if it had -- if a grand jury had been conveyed, we would have just been left in the -- in the dark, not knowing what evidence was presented to the jury.

GRACE: When you heard about the charge, Mr. Martin, what did -- what was your immediate feeling? Did you -- did you know it was going to happen? Did you believe it was going to happen? Were you relieved? What was your feeling when you found there was going to be a charge and somebody was doing something about it, this was headed to a jury. What did you feel?

MARTIN: I felt relieved. And I felt as though all of the protests and all of the long nights that we stayed up talking with our lawyers and talking with the -- everybody who supported us paid off. But again, it`s just a start. He`s only been charged. And we have to continue to fight and fight and fight until we get --

GRACE: Well, you know, that`s not right. That`s not right. You should not have to be fighting for justice.

MARTIN: That`s true. That`s true.

GRACE: All right? That`s why people go overseas and give their lives for this country. That`s why people have fought and died for this country, because of what we stand for. And the mother and the father should not have to lead a protest to get a simple charge. All right? And I`m not saying Zimmerman`s guilty or not guilty. I`m saying it`s just justice for there to be a charge and for this to go to a jury.

I want to go back to you, Miss Fulton. A lot of brouhaha has been made over you saying you thought this was an accident. And I want to give you a chance to explain to people that are stirring the pot about what you meant.

FULTON: I believe what I said was taken out of context. What I actually meant when I made that statement is I was just piggybacking on something that Tracy had mentioned before. He had just said that Zimmerman had gotten out of his vehicle. And what I was -- the point that I was trying to make was that if Zimmerman had never gotten out of his vehicle he would not have met Trayvon. And I said that encounter was accidental. That Trayvon meeting Zimmerman was accidental.

It was in no way, shape, form, or fashion did I imply that this was an accident, that the shooting was an accident. I don`t believe that it was an accident. I believe he got out of his vehicle, he had an intent in his mind, and he carried out the intent. And that`s why my son is no longer with us.


GRACE: I`m not as generous as you are. See, if it were me, I`m sure I would be brokenhearted because I wouldn`t have a lifetime with my child. But you`re concerned about what he could have been. What did he want to be?

FULTON: Trayvon had a lot of goals. He had short-term goals. One of the things that we used to talk about was him going to the prom, was him taking his senior pictures, and he graduating. Those are the things that he was looking forward to. Every summer he likes to go on vacation. So those are the type of things that I`m going to miss short-term.

Long-term, Trayvon was interested in going to college. He wanted -- he wanted to pursue the aviation business. That was just something that he wanted to do. He was very good with his hands. So it`s just -- it`s just certain things like that that I will miss. I will miss just having him near me. Just having him kiss me, just having him smile at me.

I notice a lot of the pictures that they have out there he`s smiling. He was a happy child.

GRACE: You know, Miss Fulton, everything that you`re saying is just hitting home with me. Every single thing. When you say that he wanted a future in aviation, I imagine my little boy loves to run around with a plane, an airplane, and make plane noises like he`s a plane.

They talk about going on vacation. This morning they asked me if they could move to Disney, if they could live in Disney. They look forward to vacations so much.

Tell me something. What vacation did he love? What did he love to do, Miss Fulton?

FULTON: He likes the cold weather. He loved it here in New York. That was just something that he really appreciated. He liked Broadway. He got a chance to go to a Broadway play. He got a chance to see the Statue of Liberty. He did the tour. He`d seen Central Park. The horseback riding. The skiing. He`s just -- he likes to go on vacation.

So a lot of things that he likes abroad, but he also likes the local things. He likes to go to the Heat game, the Miami Heat game. He likes to watch the Miami Dolphin football team. He used to also -- even though he was too old to play Optimist football, he was still going out to the game. He volunteered his time, he worked at the concession stand with his dad.

So those are the type of things that he was still interested in. He still wanted to give back to the community. He worked for absolutely free just to help the kids.

GRACE: Mr. Martin, I want to hear from you. I`ve been focusing on Miss Fulton so much because she`s a mom. But I`m sure a father has such dreams and hopes for their son.

MARTIN: Yes. Me and Trayvon was very close. He spent a lot of time out of town with me, traveling with me. He was actually -- I was looking forward to getting him his first vehicle. He was looking forward to the prom. Trayvon just -- he was -- every time I traveled out of town to play sports he would travel with me ever since nine months old.

The thing I`m going to most about him is just his presence. Trayvon was my hero. Trayvon saved my life when he was 9 years old. He pulled me out of a house fire. And I felt as though I owe him a debt of gratitude. I owed him my life. And not to be able to save him in his time of need is really troublesome. But I did make a vow to him since his passing that I would continue to fight for him with every ounce of energy that I have in me.

GRACE: That leads me to another question, Mr. Martin. And I want to throw this to you, Miss Fulton.

With me is Trayvon martin`s mother and father.

Miss Fulton, have you been surprised that people can be so mean?

FULTON: I always try to look at the good side. And I know that there are bad people out there. I know that there are evil people. But I try to concentrate on the good. My heart is -- my heart is clean, and my heart is pure. And it will not allow me to, you know, just be negative. I`m just a positive person. So I always try to think of the positive side.

GRACE: With me also, in addition to Miss Fulton and Tracy Martin, Daryl Parks, attorney for Martin`s family, and Benjamin Crump, also attorney for Martin`s family.

Gentlemen, thank you for being with us. Mr. Parks and Mr. Crump, it`s nice to see you again.

First of all to you, Mr. Parks, in the last hours Mr. Zimmerman has appeared in court. His first court appearance. There was no bond hearing today. He`s going to be toward the end of May in front of the trial judge. I can guarantee you he`s not waiting that long to seek a bond. What is your position on him walking free on bond?

DARYL PARKS, ATTORNEY FOR TRAYVON MARTIN`S FAMILY: Well, we`re certainly concerned that Mr. Zimmerman has committed a murder in this situation, and I think that the court should keep that in mind and the court should keep him in jail until this has run its course. Now it`s up to the court to decide what the pretrial release condition but I can tell you we`re against his release at this point until it can be a proper assessment and investigation of the entire manner.

GRACE: And Mr. Crump, I assume that you agree, you are against any bond being set. That is certainly within the -- within the purview of the judge. But Mr. Crump, could you articulate why you are opposed to bond? You can`t just get in front of a judge and go, I object. You`ve got to have a reason. Why?

BENJAMIN CRUMP, ATTORNEY FOR TRAYVON MARTIN`S FAMILY: No, I think Attorney Parks said it very well, that in this situation -- and this is a very serious charge. He could be facing life in prison. We know that he was out of the state before. And his parents -- Trayvon`s parents` main concern is will he ever be brought to justice. As this evidence unfolds, it really looks like it is second-degree murder. We want him to have his day in court, but we don`t want him to flee or be a flight risk ever.

So we want the judge to really consider these charges very seriously and give him -- we want fairness. We want the judge to treat it fairly, but we want him to take it very seriously -- or she to take it very seriously, whomever the judge will be in this matter.

GRACE: Miss Fulton, I spoke to the director of the funeral home that handled his funeral, and I asked him, and this is for evidentiary reason, were there any cuts or bruises on Trayvon`s hands, his knuckles, his wrists, to show that there really had been some sort of confrontation as Mr. Zimmerman suggests.

He says that with one blow your son knocked him to the ground, quote, "decked him." Of all people, you would have looked at Trayvon`s body. Did you notice any evidence of an altercation?

FULTON: No, I did not.

GRACE: What do you, Miss Fulton, make of these claims that your son tracked back in the rain when he was just a few yards away from his dad`s place and went back to go after Zimmerman? Do you believe that?

FULTON: No, I don`t. I find it hard to believe that Trayvon was so close to the back door that he would turn around and go back to see who this guy was. He seen Zimmerman as a stranger. So I don`t see him approaching a stranger. He doesn`t know who this guy is so he wouldn`t have approached him.

GRACE: To Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, our prayers continue to be with you. As we all seek justice.

MARTIN: Thank you, Nancy.

FULTON: Thank you.

MARTIN: Thank you very much.


GRACE: A 17-year-old heads home to his dad`s condo, gunned down by the captain of neighborhood watch. Forty-four long days after that shooting death, the death of an unarmed 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin, an arrest goes down.


JUDGE MARK HERR, SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA: Mr. Zimmerman, you`re appearing here for your first appearances or first appearance at this time for charge of murder in the second degree, and you are represented by Mr. O`Mara, is that true?


MARK O`MARA, GEORGE ZIMMERMAN`S LAWYER: He`s stressed. He`s tired. He`s been through a lot with the way this case has been handled to date. I`m just hoping that his mental health stays well.

FULTON: He told me, the absolute worst news that you can tell a mother and that is that her child is dead.

HERR: Remember your right to remain silent. All the other rights that he has told you about, you have to say nothing. And we`ll go forward here on procedural matters only at this time.

GRACE: Describe to me the moment you had to tell Trayvon`s mother that he was dead.

MARTIN: It was the most certainly the worst news that I ever had to deliver.

O`MARA: He`s facing a second-degree murder charges now. He`s frightened. That would frighten any one of us. But on the other hand, I`m not concerned as some others may have been before me.

GRACE: With my child. But you`re concerned about what he could have been. What did he want to be?

FULTON: Trayvon had a lot of goals. He had short-term goals. One of the things that we used to talk about was him going to the prom. Was him taking his senior pictures and him graduating.

O`MARA: Nobody would deny the fact that if George Zimmerman is walking down the street today, he would be at risk. And that`s just the reality. That`s just the way things are right now. So we need to protect him. And I`m hoping that the judge will understand that. I`m certain the prosecutor understands that.

HERR: Probable cause. I do find that probable cause for the charge as put in the information.


GRACE: Let`s stop and remember Army Sergeant Nickolas Mueller, 26, Little Shoe, Wisconsin, killed Afghanistan. Bronze Star, Purple Heart, two Air medals, National Defense Service Medal. Loved motorcycles, going to Hilton Head Beach with girlfriend, Heather. Leaves behind parents Larry and Sharon, brother, John.

Nickolas Mueller, American hero.

Thanks to our guests but especially to you for being with us.

And tonight, happy birthday to California friend, Randy. Celebrating with children Morgan and Matthew, sister, Dina.

Everyone, for more on Trayvon Martin`s shooting case, stick with Dr. Drew coming up next. I`ll see you tomorrow night, 8:00 sharp Eastern. And until then, good night, friend.


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