- Title: USA: Florida teenager's shooter waives pretrial "Stand Your Ground" immunity
- Date: 30th April 2013
- Summary: SANFORD, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (JUNE 3, 2012) (NBC - NO ACCESS USA/CNN/AOL/YAHOO/WIRELESS/FLORIDA STATE MEDIA MARKET WEBSITES) ZIMMERMAN GOING TO JAIL SANFORD, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (APRIL 23, 2012) (NBC - NO ACCESS USA/CNN/AOL/YAHOO/WIRELESS/FLORIDA STATE MEDIA MARKET WEBSITES) SANFORD LEAVING PRISON AFTER BEING FREED ON BAIL
- Embargoed: 15th May 2013 22:33
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA4RLPUYQBS8T23XTJ8T6V2LYKU
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- Story Text: The shooter of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman says he will not seek an immunity hearing on the basis of the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.
The shooter of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, returned to court in Sanford, Florida on Monday (April 30). The murder defendant waived his right to have a "Stand Your Ground" hearing before his trial.
Prosecutors in Florida wanted George Zimmerman to state publicly at the court hearing on Tuesday whether he will pursue his immunity defense in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin on the basis of the state's "Stand Your Ground" law, or waive his right to use it.
Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" statute, bars prosecution of someone who is in fear of his life and shoots rather than retreats.
Zimmerman goes on trial June 10 on a second-degree murder charge for shooting Martin after prosecutors say he profiled and confronted the unarmed black teenager, despite a police dispatcher instructing him not to do so.
Zimmerman, 29, was a neighborhood watch volunteer at the time and Martin was walking back to a town home in the gated community in Sanford, Florida, with snacks to eat while watching a televised basketball game in February last year.
Prosecutors wanted to pin Zimmerman down on the record over waiving his right to pursue immunity in order to pre-empt the possibility that he might try to revive it after trial if he is found guilty, according to the motion.
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