George Zimmerman Appears in Court; Affidavit Outlines Probable Cause For Murder Charge

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George Zimmerman made his first court appearance since being officially charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman wore a gray prison jumpsuit and spoke only to answer "Yes, sir," after being asked questions about the charge against him and his lawyer.

His hair was shaved down to stubble and he sported a thin goatee, which appeared consistent with his booking photo from the day before (below).

George Zimmerman Mugshot

He resurfaced Wednesday to turn himself in after weeks in hiding. Meanwhile, a new document provided additional details on the prosecution's case.

Judge Mark E. Herr said he found probable cause to move forward with the case and an arraignment would be held on May 29 before another judge.

The affidavit of probable cause prepared by prosecutors shed some light on why they chose to charge Zimmerman in the February 26 shooting.

The Orlando Sentinel says that on that night, Trayvon Martin's mother identified screams heard in the background of a 911 call as her son's.

There were doubts as to whether Martin or Zimmerman called for help.

Prosecutors interviewed a friend of Martin's who was talking to him just before the shooting. Martin told the witness he was being followed and was scared.

Martin tried to run home, the affidavit says, but was followed by Zimmerman. The affidavit says, "Zimmerman got out of his vehicle and followed Martin."

The affidavit says that "Zimmerman disregarded the police dispatcher" during his initial 911 call, who told him to stop, and "continued to follow Martin."

The 17-year-old "was trying to return to his home."

At a press conference following the court appearance, Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara said he will seek a bond hearing "in the next few weeks."

Zimmerman is widely expected to enter a not guilty plea. O'Mara said he is working on finding a place he could safely stay if he is released before trial.

Speaking to reporters after the hearing, O'Mara said he was concerned that the case up until now has been handled largely in the public eye.

"It's really supposed to happen in the courtroom," O'Mara said, deflecting questions about evidence in the case and his client's mental state.

"He's tired," O'Mara said when asked about Zimmerman, who has said he acted in self-defense and that Martin was the aggressor that night.

"He's gone through some tribulations of his own, being the focus of the intensity of this event. He's facing second degree murder charges now."

"He's frightened. That would frighten any one of us."


from the sound of things, Creamy Feelings is a WomaN who has gone from a KoteX to a 4 ply roll of BOUNTY.


@tequila, you have a good point too and I have learn to ignore that jerk Reed. I don't understand why a guy would want that much of attention from people off this website. Clearly, he still having problems finding his little penis.


@ bubblegum.- I see what you mean. after turning the pages people obviously are posing as someone else. talk about stooges.


Wait a minute! I'm confused! I thought Tequila and those that agree with him and Neci were the site trolls. There's a whole list of other users that sound like there what I'd call--"Team Troll". Yeah. They are the ones when I've read on some other threads here that started stealing folks' usernames and putting words in their mouth. Some of us take the high, observe, and say nothing. But it's time to speak up. From my assessment, that's what it looks like to me. Neci seems to be someone who's been in the thick of this craziness, not an innocent victim. (Oh, God! Now the trolls will trounce on me...YIKES!)


Brian: Here's to you dude. Finally someone intelligent!
Neci: Seriously babe, IGNORE the troll. Do you ever see me getting bent outta shape when that loser tries to get at me? He actually thinks I've gotta posse here. LOL. Though I'm flattered coz I must've got to him for him to constantly refer to me and think I'm out there orchestrating some big time plan with a bunch of other people. Such a joke, clearly these are the things he would do and most likely is doing-- such a pathetic person.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, trolls get off on ur frustration. Why encourage that.


You are soo right about that @Brian!!!


What on earth happened to this site? Neci - its obvious to everyone reading that your identity has been stolen. If you want him to leave you alone, IGNORE HIM. Find another user name and dont engage him at all. Trolls tend to scamper away when they are ignored. As for the troll, you may steal my user name all you like because
1.) I wont return here to check on it so you'll be talking to yourself.
2.) I will use a different name when commenting on other articles.


i think it sucks that the entire black community wants this hispanic guy whacked when the facts of the case haven't even been presented yet. it sounds like zimmerman was defending himself from what he considered another thug. sounds like yrayvon started the fight and believing he was armed, zimmerman defended himself, pure and simple. i bet zimmerman will be found not guilty, and florida will have another outpouring of rioting like during the rodney king mess (who is another black thug).


@ Hey Reed, go fuck urself!!!!


Neci- I hope you are nice tomorrow. You really really really need to be nice. PS- its user- a Usher is what you waste your money on at a concert! Not kidding- be nice!

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