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Author Topic: Trial of George Zimmerman in the Death of Trayvon Martin - NOT GUILTY #9 7/15/13  (Read 410277 times)
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« Reply #740 on: May 12, 2016, 10:23:41 AM »

"American Firearm Icon" -- this man is a legend in his own mind.

    
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« Reply #741 on: May 12, 2016, 01:41:24 PM »

In my opinion, if Zimmerman wanted to "move past it" (see my bold, blue below) he should have quietly taken the gun and had it destroyed.  It was only about a $200 or $300 gun, initially.  It was the notoriety he was counting on to sell it for a starting bid of $5,000.00    I haven't always agreed with some of what Trayvon's family's views are and etc., but frankly, I really, really feel badly for them that this has come up.  This just isn't right.     All just my own humble opinion, of course.



http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/12/us/george-zimmerman-gun-auction/
Gun purportedly used to kill Trayvon Martin disappears from auction site
May 12, 2016

CNN)George Zimmerman was set to auction the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin four years ago, he told a Florida TV station.

But mysteriously, when the auction was slated to begin, the weapon vanished from the website, replaced by a note that read, "Sorry, but the item you have requested is no longer in the system."
Searches for Zimmerman and Trayvon, which earlier Thursday morning had yielded information about the gun and its sale, returned no results.
CNN attempts to reach the auction site were not immediately successful. Reached via phone, Zimmerman told CNN, "Thanks for the call. I'm not speaking to media right now," and hung up.
 
Zimmerman made headlines again Wednesday, this time for an ad posted on a firearm-auctioning website, GunBroker.
The post listed the weapon purportedly used to kill Martin at a starting bid of $5,000.
"I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American firearm icon," the post said. "The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin on 2/26/2012."
The post bragged about the gun's popularity, describing it as a "piece of American history."
But while the auction site said many museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, have "expressed interest in owning and displaying the firearm," the Washington-based Smithsonian released a statement saying, "We have never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman's firearm, and have no plans to ever collect or display it in any museums."

In an interview with WOFL-TV in Orlando, Zimmerman said he decided to sell the weapon and move past it.
"I recently received it back from the Department of Justice," he said. "They took it after my trial, after I was exonerated."
Zimmerman told the station he has had death threats since he put the gun up for sale.
"What I've decided to do is not cower," he said. "I'm a free American. I can do what I want with my possessions."
Proceeds from the gun's sale were supposed to be used to "fight [Black Lives Matter] violence against law enforcement officers," according to the post that has now disappeared.
 
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« Reply #742 on: May 13, 2016, 08:27:30 AM »

http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/top-news/million-dollar-bids-shown-for-gun-that-killed-tray/nrMMm/
Auction for gun that killed Trayvon Martin possibly hijacked
May 13, 2016

MIAMI Bidding in an online auction for the pistol former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin appeared to have been hijacked by fake accounts posting astronomically high bids.

At one point early Friday, the bidding surpassed $65 million with the leading bidder using the screen name "Racist McShootFace." The site later showed that account had been deleted.

Other screen names of bidders on the site included "Donald Trump," ''shaniqua bonifa" and "Tamir Rice," the name of a black 12-year-old who was shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014 while playing with a pellet gun.

The website for United Gun Group began hosting the auction Thursday after another website, GunBroker.com, took down the auction saying it wanted "no part in the listing on our website or in any of the publicity it is receiving."

Hours later, United Gun Group tweeted that it would post Zimmerman's ad. The new link was posted, along with a statement from Zimmerman. The site calls itself a "social market place for the firearms community."

Bidding on the 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol began at $5,000.

Critics called the auction an insensitive move to profit from the slaying.

Zimmerman had told Orlando, Florida, TV station WOFL that the pistol was returned to him by the U.S. Justice Department, which took it after he was acquitted in Martin's 2012 shooting death.

Zimmerman's listing said a portion of the proceeds would go toward fighting what Zimmerman calls violence by the Black Lives Matter movement against law enforcement officers, combatting anti-gun rhetoric of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and ending the career of state attorney Angela Corey, who led Zimmerman's prosecution.

The listing ended with a Latin phrase that translates as "if you want peace, prepare for war."
 
Since Zimmerman was acquitted, he has been charged with assault based on complaints from two girlfriends. Both women later refused to press charges and Zimmerman wasn't prosecuted. His estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman, also accused him of smashing her iPad during an argument days after she filed divorce papers. No charges were filed because of lack of evidence. They were divorced in January.

Orlando-based attorney Mark O'Mara has previously represented Zimmerman. A receptionist in O'Mara's office said Thursday that he no longer represents Zimmerman and had no comment.

Martin's parents declined to address Zimmerman's actions in statements made through representatives.

Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said through an attorney that she would rather focus on her work with the Trayvon Martin Foundation than respond to "Zimmerman's actions."

 
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« Reply #743 on: May 19, 2016, 07:29:21 AM »

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/zimmerman-closes-gun-auction-identify-winning-bid-39213842
Zimmerman Closes Gun Auction, Doesn't Identify Winning Bid
May 18, 2016

George Zimmerman says he's vetting bids after closing an auction for the pistol he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin during an altercation.

The former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted in the 2012 slaying says on his blog that the sale was successful, though he gives no details and says the buyer may choose to remain anonymous.

Details of the auction are unclear. The website believed to be the venue, United Gun Group, later said in a tweet that there were two auctions running simultaneously, one for pre-qualifed buyers and a "fake" one for the public. Bids on the fake site visible to the public went as high as $138,900 before it was deleted about midday Wednesday.

Zimmerman had set the minimum bid at $100,000. Zimmerman had told Orlando, Florida, TV station WOFL that the pistol was returned to him by the U.S. Justice Department, which took it after he was acquitted in Martin's 2012 shooting death.


 
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« Reply #744 on: July 29, 2016, 10:14:21 PM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman/os-george-zimmerman-shooter-recreation-20160726-story.html

Man accused in George Zimmerman shooting asks judge to throw out 3-D re-enactment 
July 26, 2016, 7:17 PM

A judge Tuesday said there is little chance she'll allow jurors to see a 3-D computer-generated re-creation of what happened the day Matthew Apperson shot at George Zimmerman as the two men drove side-by-side down Lake Mary Boulevard.
 
Defense attorney Michael LaFay argued that four days after the shooting, a Lake Mary police officer drove Apperson's vehicle, a 2012 Infinity sedan, and someone else drove Zimmerman's pickup, as they tried to re-create what happened using a software program that renders it into a 3-D video.

That was improper, LaFay argued, because police failed to get a court order explicitly authorizing their use of Apperson's vehicle. LaFay asked Circuit Judge Debra Nelson to throw out the 3-D re-creation.
 
Nelson agreed, but said she would not make a final ruling for two days, giving attorneys more time to research the law.

Nelson scheduled Apperson's trial for Sept. 6. Apperson is being held without bail at the Seminole County jail.
 
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« Reply #745 on: August 04, 2016, 09:52:50 PM »

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/08/04/george-zimmerman-punched-face/88273212/
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« Reply #746 on: August 04, 2016, 11:57:50 PM »


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« Reply #747 on: September 05, 2016, 11:54:48 PM »

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2016-08-30/story/northeast-florida-voters-kick-controversial-state-attorney-angela-corey

Northeast Florida voters kick controversial State Attorney Angela Corey out of office
Challenger Melissa Nelson defeats Corey in GOP primary
By Larry Hannan and Sebastian Kitchen  Tue, Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:58 pm | updated Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 10:01 am

Melissa Nelson, an unknown corporate lawyer and former prosecutor three months ago, cleared her path to become one of the most powerful and influential figures in Northeast Florida on Tuesday night when she easily defeated incumbent 4th Judicial State Attorney Angela Corey.

The election caps a dizzying rise for Nelson and an equally shocking fall for Corey, one of the most polarizing political figures in Jacksonville history who generated national attention and  enormous criticism for her prosecutions of George Zimmerman, Marissa Alexander, 12-year-old Cristian Fernandez and many others. Corey will depart office in the first week of January as the first incumbent state attorney in modern history to lose a contested election.
 
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« Reply #748 on: September 12, 2016, 09:34:57 PM »

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/jury-selection-set-for-man-accused-of-trying-to-kill-george-zimmerman

Jury selected in trial for man accused of trying to kill George Zimmerman
Posted: 7:35 AM, September 12, 2016
Updated: 6:32 PM, September 12, 2016

SANFORD, Fla. - A jury was selected on Monday in the trial of a man accused of trying to kill George Zimmerman.

Matthew Apperson was charged with second-degree attempted murder after prosecutors said he shot at Zimmerman last year during a confrontation on Lake Mary Boulevard in Seminole County.  Zimmerman was not injured in the encounter.

Apperson told investigators that he fired the shot in self-defense after Zimmerman pointed a gun at him.

"He was threatened by the brandishing of a firearm by Mr. Zimmerman, and he had every right to survive and to protect himself and to act in self-defense," said Mark Nejame, Apperson's attorney.
 
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« Reply #749 on: September 13, 2016, 09:30:20 PM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-george-zimmerman-testimony-shooting-20160913-story.html

Trayvon Martin mentioned in trial of man who shot at George Zimmerman 
September 13, 2016, 7:51 PM

Eight months before a Seminole County man fired a bullet into George Zimmerman's truck in 2015, the pair argued about Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman testified Tuesday.

Matthew Apperson, the man involved in that dispute, is standing trial on attempted second-degree murder charges related to the May 2015 shooting. Apperson maintains he acted in self defense, but prosecutors say he instigated the violence.

Prosecutors called Zimmerman as a witness Tuesday morning to offer his account of the shooting on Lake Mary Boulevard.
 
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« Reply #750 on: September 14, 2016, 09:51:54 PM »

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/os-george-zimmerman-apperson-testimony-continues-20160914-story.html

George Zimmerman testimony: Black Lives Matter is 'terrorist' group 
September 14, 2016, 7:33 PM

In a lengthy and heated exchange with a defense attorney Wednesday, George Zimmerman called members of the the Black Lives Matter movement "terrorists" and said he sold the gun he used to kill unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin for $250,000.

Zimmerman, 32, returned to the Seminole County courthouse for a second day to testify against a man accused of trying to kill him by shooting into his truck last year. The defense attorney for shooter Matthew Apperson, who maintains he fired in self-defense, peppered his questions with blatant and brutal references to Trayvon's killing.

"You didn't shoot at Apperson because he had a pistol and not a bag of Skittles?" Michael LaFay asked.
 
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« Reply #751 on: September 15, 2016, 08:15:07 PM »

Video at the link
http://www.wftv.com/news/local/man-accused-of-shooting-at-george-zimmerman-changes-story-during-testimony/446273285

Man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman changes story during testimony
Updated: Sep 15, 2016 - 6:42 PM

Video at the link
http://www.wesh.com/news/apperson-takes-the-stand-in-roadrage-shooting-trial/41684578

Apperson takes the stand in road-rage shooting trial
Published  5:45 PM EDT Sep 15, 2016

 
Both sides have rested their cases and the jury will hear closing arguments Friday morning in the attempted murder case against Matthew Apperson... A case where he's saying he acted in self-defense, when he fired at George Zimmerman.
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« Reply #752 on: September 16, 2016, 12:32:52 PM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-matthew-apperson-george-zimmerman-verdict-20160916-story.html

Closing arguments underway in George Zimmerman shooter case
September 16, 2016, 12:15 PM

A jury today will deliberate the case of a Seminole County man accused of trying to kill George Zimmerman by shooting into his truck window in May.

Attorneys gave their closing arguments this morning, which focused heavily on Zimmerman's character. Defendant Matthew Apperson hopes to convince the jury he acted in self defense when he shot a single bullet from his .357 Magnum into Zimmerman's car on May 11, 2015. Apperson, a paralegal, said Zimmerman threatened to shoot him and flashed a gun first. The bullet missed Zimmerman's face, lodging itself in the truck's metal frame.

Assistant State Attorney Stewart Stone told jurors that Apperson, 27, instigated the confrontation and chased Zimmerman in a car. Apperson's behavior, he said, fails to meet the standard of self defense because he did not act in a reasonable, prudent or cautious manner prior to firing. Zimmerman testified that he never brandished a gun.

"George Zimmerman is no boy scout I get that, and you get that," Stone said. "But no matter how you feel about George Zimmerman, he he can still be a victim of a crime, and he was in this case."
 
Defense attorney Michael LaFay, in his closing argument, attacked Zimmerman's credibility as a major witness in the case.

"He is a belligerent, obnoxious liar, and I don't say that lightly," LaFay told jurors. "[Zimmerman] is a bully with a lot of guns and a lot of ammunition."

Attorneys clashed in closing arguments when Stone accused defense attorneys of trying to put Zimmerman back on trial. LaFay objected, saying the comments stirred sympathy in the jury for the victim, which would be a violation. Seminole-Brevard Circuit Judge Debra Nelson cautioned Stone to "stop walking the line."
 
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« Reply #753 on: September 16, 2016, 05:41:09 PM »

https://twitter.com/CLangleyWFTV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Cuthbert Langley ‏@CLangleyWFTV  1m 1 minute ago 

#BREAKING: Matthew Apperson guilty on ALL counts of shooting at George #Zimmerman, including att 2nd degree murder. @WFTV
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« Reply #754 on: September 16, 2016, 05:44:48 PM »

https://twitter.com/ElyssaCherney?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Elyssa Cherney ‏@ElyssaCherney  5m 5 minutes ago 

count 2: guilty of shooting into an occupied vehicle. guilty of aggravated assault w/ a gun. So he's guilty on all counts.

Elyssa Cherney ‏@ElyssaCherney  6m 6 minutes ago 

Matthew Apperson verdict: guilty of attempted second degree murder w/ gun
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« Reply #755 on: September 16, 2016, 05:48:13 PM »

https://twitter.com/CLangleyWFTV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Cuthbert Langley ‏@CLangleyWFTV  6m 6 minutes ago 

Here's a rundown of the charges #Apperson faced. He claimed self-defense. Jury disagreed. @WFTV

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« Reply #756 on: September 16, 2016, 09:35:56 PM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-matthew-apperson-george-zimmerman-verdict-20160916-story.html

Jury finds George Zimmerman shooter guilty on all counts
September 16, 2016, 7:24 PM

A Seminole County jury deliberated for nearly four hours Friday before finding a man guilty of attempted second-degree murder with a firearm for shooting at George Zimmerman's truck in May.

The jury also convicted Matthew Apperson, 27, of shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm. The Winter Springs man faces a minimum of 20 years in prison because the crimes involved a gun. His wife and mother, who attended the five-day trial, walked out crying and would not comment.

Apperson, a paralegal, sought to convince jurors he acted in self defense when he shot a single bullet from his .357 Magnum into Zimmerman's car on May 11, 2015. Apperson testified that Zimmerman threatened to shoot him and flashed a gun first. The bullet missed Zimmerman's face, lodging itself in the truck's metal frame.

Assistant State Attorney Stewart Stone told jurors that Apperson instigated the confrontation and chased Zimmerman in a car, which was caught on video surveillance from a nearby post office.
 
Apperson's sentencing is set for Oct. 17.
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« Reply #757 on: October 17, 2016, 11:11:37 AM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-matthew-apperson-sentence-20161014-story.html

Matthew Apperson, the man who shot at George Zimmerman, sentenced to 20 years
October 17, 2016, 11:00 AM

SANFORD The Seminole County man convicted of shooting at George Zimmerman as the two drove down Lake Mary Boulevard in separate vehicles was sentenced today to 20 years in prison.

A Seminole County jury found 38-year-old Matthew Apperson guilty last month of attempted second-degree murder, armed aggravated assault and shooting into a vehicle.

This morning Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson handed down the state-mandated minimum: 20 years for shooting at another person with a gun.
 
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