George Zimmerman may have to face hate crime charges for shooting and killing unarmed Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin back in February. Zimmerman has since been charged with second-degree murder and if a jury finds him guilty, the charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
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If the FBI and prosecutors can prove Zimmerman intentionally went after and shot Martin because he is African-American, the sentence could escalate to the death penalty. Personally, haven’t they proved that Zimmerman went after Martin from the recorded 911 call when the operator told Zimmerman not to follow him, even though he kept right on pursuing Martin? What more proof do they need?
Zimmerman maintains that he shot Martin in self-defense because Martin punched, kicked and knocked him to the ground. I’m pretty sure I’d do the same if I were fighting for my life because some man was approaching me with a gun.
I sure do hope the FBI figures out that Zimmerman meant to shoot Martin because of the color of his skin. To add insult to injury, now Zimmerman’s father, Robert Zimmerman, is complaining about his lie never being the same. Since his son’s case has been so sensationalized, in order to remain safe, Zimmerman’s been hotel hopping under assumed names. With Zimmerman’s life turned upside down and expenses soaring, the retired magistrate wants the public to be clear that he has not received a cent of donations from anyone, despite the $204,000 George Zimmerman has collected through a website to help pay for his defense.
Where’s my violin so that I can play the saddest song in the world for the Zimmerman family? I mean, really! Do you think the FBI wil charge Zimmerman with a hate crime? Let’s discuss on Twitter @Rhapsodani.