Prosecutors say they will not file domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman after his girlfriend said in a sworn statement she did not want to pursue the case.
SANFORD, Fla. - George Zimmerman's attorneys will be walking a fine line as they attempt to convince a jury that their client fatally shot a 17-year-old teen out of fear for his life and that he didn't trail him in the moments before the confrontation because Trayvon Martin was black.
Jury selection in Zimmerman's trial is scheduled to begin Monday. He is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin last year.
Lead attorney Mark O'Mara's challenge is to avoid making either himself or Zimmerman look racist while explaining why Zimmerman felt threatened by the African-American teenager. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.
To obtain a second-degree murder conviction, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that while the shooting wasn't premeditated, Zimmerman demonstrated a "depraved mind" and didn't consider the threat his actions had toward human life.
George Zimmerman has been released from jail hours after his first court appearance on domestic violence-related charges.
The 911 call seemed frantic: George Zimmerman's sobbing estranged wife said he was threatening her and her father with a gun and she feared for her life. Please come.
Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman apparently has a lead foot.