George Zimmerman Pleads Not Guilty, Waives Right to Speedy Trial

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George Zimmerman pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin and waived his right to a speedy trial on Tuesday.

Arguing to a Florida court that he needs more time to prepare for trial, his move means it could be October at the earliest before it gets underway.

Zimmerman's intentions were outlined in two brief documents that his attorney, Mark O'Mara, filed Tuesday in Seminole County, Fla., circuit court.

George Zimmerman Free on Bail

The actions did not come as a surprise to legal experts, who said such moves are common even in less-complex and lower-profile felony cases.

Florida law requires suspects charged with a felony be brought to trial within 175 days of their arrest, unless those defendants ask that the right be waived.

Zimmerman was released from jail after posting $150,000 bond last month.

The 28-year-old turned himself in to authorities on April 11, charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager on February 26.

Martin was walking in Zimmerman's neighborhood in Sanford, Fla., and for reasons only he truly knows, considered him to be suspicious.

Law enforcement officials' initial reluctance to arrest Zimmerman sparked a national outcry, with many observers suspecting that Zimmerman was given a break because of his race, and the race of the young man he fatally shot.

The case has also shined a light on mainstream media bias, highlighted by NBC's editing of the 911 call from the night of the fatal altercation.

He admits he shot Martin, 17, but claims he did so in self-defense.

He pleaded not guilty in court documents, making his appearance unnecessary at a Tuesday arraignment hearing. At his first pre-trial hearing following his arrest, he surprised many by apologizing to Martin's family.

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In the police call didnt the disbatcher say to zimmerman to not follow trayvon but he did anyway? He created a situation by trying to be a "hero" but provoked a situation. He called the police and should of left it at that and now a family has no son...self defense to the point of shooting a teenager going to buy snacks,you couldnt of knocked him out? the bigger person?..., I will wonder from now on if I get high and go get munchies am I gonna be killed

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Zimmerman is proof that whites in American are going to have to take a stand. Blacks hate whites and it's the truth. Just this week the cover of the black panther magazine has a noose around Zimmermans neck! Eric holder does nothing. I will give to Zimmermans fund and many people I know will do the same.

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this man deserves to go to jail for the rest of his life he shot this man for the color of his skin and its sick to see people try to stand by him know that he was dead wrong.....it amazing to me....but even if he dont god will deal with him everyone will have to answer and there will be no proving a case because god knows it all..this man is sick just like alot of the world is i see today.....#JusticeForMartin

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WHAT IF IT WAS YOU THAT NIGHT, AND SOMEONE TRYED TO KILL YOU BY BEATING YOUR HEAD INTO THE GROUND. JUST WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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The events of that night took place quickly. We have some knowledge of when some things occurred due to time and length of phone calls with the police department. At some point one individual screams for an extended time before a gun shot goes off. This person is not George Zimmerman. If Trayvon Martin pounded George Zimmermans head into the ground during a physical altercation at some point George Zimmerman gained control over his opponent and appeared to be in control for the duration of the altercation. Trayvon Martin screams for help for a period of time that seems to me should have given George Zimmerman confidence that he was the one in control and the use of a gun at this point is just attempted murder not self defense. On another note, Trayvon Martin is a US citizen. He is not required to paint his face white or wear specific clothing in order to be up to "some good". If he committed the crime he will do the time.
This Iam sure of

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@ Mark- I want the shit off the Street by any means necessary! Let's not make this Zimmmerman thing out like its everyday! Black Thugs robbing and killing is everyday! Don't focus on the needle in a haystack!

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America needs to Wakeup and protect itself. Obama is working hard to hurt gun makers. This government along with RACIST ERIC HOLDER is ANTI WHITE AND IT'S OBVIOUS! It's time to take a stand.

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I have and use a concealed weapons license. In my training it was clear that I will be held accountable for any bullet fired and that I must be able to show that the situation was unavoidable and required the use of deadly force. Based on the information we have seen and the recording where the police clearly instructed him not to follow the alleged victim. Do you want to live in a place where people can arm themselves, pursue and harass anyone that looks suspicious to the point that a fight breaks out then use the gun to kill the other people when they start losing?

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At first I was certain Zimmerman was a murderer but later information has come to light which strongly suggest reasonable doubt as to Zimmerman's guilt. It seems this could and should have been investigated more thoroughly prior to such sensational coverage. It has always seemed odd to me how this story came so suddenly and forcefully to national attention and apparently without any objective media investigation. It is chilling to consider if this issue might have been intentionally misrepresented .

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I DON'T CARE IF I OFFEND ANYONE. ZIMMERMAN SHOULD'VE BACKED OFF, AFTER REPORTING THE SUSPICIOUS LOOKING, TALL GUY. HE DIDN'T, BUT THAT DOESN'T GIVE, MARTIN, THE RIGHT TO ATTACK HIM, AND TRY TO KILL HIM, BY POUNDING HIS HEAD, AGAINST THE GROUND. TRAYVON WAS SHOT IN SELF DEFENSE.

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