The George Zimmerman trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin has ended but what will be the outcome?
Both sides presented their cases and its now in the hands of the 6 female jurors. Although we may have different opinions on what happened that faithful night, as jurors they must consider all the facts of the case and make their decision.
Based on the simple facts, we know Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin. We know that Trayvon Martin was unarmed and didn’t provoke the altercation with Zimmerman.
However, those facts do not need to be proven. Zimmerman is not denying that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, he’s pleading self-defense. In the state of Florida murder can only be justified by self-defense when
(3) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.
In George Zimmerman’s case, he claims that his fight with Trayvon Martin lead to the shooting and death of Trayvon and it was “necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself”.
Zimmerman claims that during the fight, Trayvon got on top of him and proceeded to bash his head into the concrete. Since Trayvon had no weapon, the only type of deadly force he could use, would have been his hands and the use of the concrete. However those 2 “weapons” is not enough to claim prevention of bodily harm or death, so the claim that his head was being bashed into the pavement several times, could be enough to claim self-defense.
The jury must decide if his claims were justified. Any reasonable doubt that he was preventing his own death would justify his self-defense claim. The burden of proof for the state prosecution is very high for murder. The jurors must believe without any doubt based on the facts presented in the case, that Zimmerman was not preventing his own death or serious bodily harm and that he used excessive force when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
Based on the facts, I don’t feel that Zimmerman was preventing his own death or serious bodily harm when he killed Trayvon Martin. The most important facts were, the fight, his injuries, the aggressor, and the size of the two. The injuries to Zimmerman wasn’t “bad enough” to pull out a weapon especially since he has had some law enforcement training. A few, (meaning 1 or 2) cuts and bruises, even a broken nose is not a threat of serious bodily harm or death. So as a juror, I would find him guilty of 2nd degree murder.
There are other facts of the case that I did not believe were significant, although they were considered in making my determination as a juror should.
But, what will this jury decide? If you were a juror on this case, what would be your decision? 2nd degree murder, manslaughter or not guilty?