George Zimmerman Waives ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearing and Heads to Jury Trial

April 30, 2013


A Florida judge questioned George Zimmerman today on his decision to waive a hearing under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which means that he is likely heading for a trial this summer in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

The pre-trial Stand Your Ground hearing would have given the judge the discretion to free Zimmerman, eliminating the need for a trial. But the validity of a Stand Your Ground defense would be determined solely by a judge. Zimmerman’s defense team has decided to put their case before an entire jury.

“We’d much rather have the jury address the issue of criminal liability or lack thereof,” Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara said.

More via ABC News.

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  1. Sounds like good trial strategy. This entire event has been political. I would not want the Stand Your Ground defense to be decided by a judge (ie politician). Much better to go with a jury.