George Zimmerman gave an interview to Sean Hannity tonight and he gave his version of the shooting of President Obama's adopted son, Treyvon Martin.
From the L.A. Times: When asked to explain what he meant when he told a police dispatcher he
was following Martin, Zimmerman said he was trying to keep an eye on
Martin to tell police. He said he was not following Martin but
attempting to get a more precise address for the authorities.
Whether Zimmerman was the aggressor plays a major role in his self-defense claim.
“I hadn't given them a correct address. I was going to give them the
actual address,” he said. “I meant that I was going in the same
direction as him. I didn't mean that I was actually pursuing him.”
Zimmerman said shortly after he got out of his car, Martin was right
next to him. Zimmerman said he looked down to try to find his cellphone
and when he looked up, Martin punched him and broke his nose. Then, he
said, Martin straddled him and started slamming his head down.
“He started bashing my head into the concrete sidewalk. I was
disoriented,” Zimmerman said, adding that it was at that point he began
to fear for his life — another key element in his self-defense claim.
He said as the two were struggling, Martin said “you're going to die
tonight.” Zimmerman said he yelled out multiple times in hopes the
authorities would locate them.
“I was yelling in hopes that they were in the vicinity and they would
come and find me,” he said. “As soon as he broke my nose, I started
yelling for help.”
While I am sure his version is not totally accurate, the prosecution and others have not provided any real evidence to state something else happen. All they offer is speculation, which is not admissible into a court trial.
If I were to guess, I don't think this will go to trial. The prosecution will offer a plea agreement that gets a conviction but little or no jail time.
If it does get to trial, I think there will be a hung jury or a not guilty verdict but not a guilty verdict.
But this case is so crazy, anything can happen and anything probably will happen.
Over Time with Bill Maher, May 17, 2013
3 hours ago