Trayvon Martin's Size, 'Stand Your Ground' Law May Work For Zimmerman
Courts may decide that Martin was not a "child"
Being a big kid has its advantages in some cases, but for the deceased Trayvon Martin, it could work against getting justice for his family.
In an interview with ABC News, expert and veteran state attorney Angela Corey says that although Martin was only 17-years old in life, his stature (6-3, 150 pounds) could qualify him as an adult in the courts. In turn, this may make his killer George Zimmerman's self defense claim more valid, and could see the state of Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law work in his favor.
Zimmerman's lawyer Craig Sonner says that he and his client plan on using the "Stand Your Ground" law to protect them.
"The stand-your-ground law is one portion of justifiable use of deadly force," says Corey. "And what that means is that the state must go forward and be able to prove it's case beyond a reasonable doubt … So it makes the case in general more difficult than a normal criminal case."
The "Stand Your Ground" law was passed in 2005, allowing people to shoot dead anyone they felt was a threat to their life.
From the start, Zimmerman has claimed self-defense, noting that during a scuffle with Martin, after which he went against local police commands to stop pursuing him, he suffered a busted nose and a gash in the back of the head. Because of that claim, he has not been arrested or charged with any crime.
Sponsors of the bill say that they did not write the law to protect vigilantes like Zimmerman and that he should be arrested.
While chances of Zimmerman getting arrested continue to look bleak, Corey says that prosecutors have to consider going the route of charging him with either a hate crime or proving that Sanford, Florida police bungled the case from its outset by mishandling witness testimony and going against proper procedure when dealing with murder scenes.
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