On the surface, George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial is about the one-time neighborhood watch captain’s guilt or innocence.
Zimmerman admitted he shot Trayvon Martin to death on a drizzly night outside Orlando more than a year ago. Zimmerman, now 29, claims he killed the unarmed 17-year-old in self-defense.
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Trayvon Martin case
- Feb. 26, 2012: Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman calls 911 to report “a suspicious person” in the Twin Lakes gated community in Sanford. Neighbors report hearing gunfire. Zimmerman tells investigators he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense.
- March 14, 2012: Case turned over to Norm Wolfinger, state attorney for 18th Judicial Circuit, which includes Sanford.
- March 22, 2012: Gov. Rick Scott appoints 4th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Angela Corey as special prosecutor in the case.
- March 26, 2012: Rallies held in Sanford and across the country, demanding that Zimmerman be arrested.
- April 11, 2012: Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder and turns himself in.
- April 23, 2012: Zimmerman enters not guilty plea.
- June 12, 2012: Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee fired for his handling of Zimmerman case.
- April 5, 2013: Trayvon Martin’s parents settle wrongful-death claim against homeowner’s association where their son was killed.
- April 30, 2013: Zimmerman waives right to “Stand Your Ground” defense at pretrial immunity hearing.