04:03 PM EDT 01/02/2014
Originally posted 06/28/2013 04:10PM
It has been more than 16 months since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed after running to the store to buy candy and iced tea.
Now, the shooter, George Zimmerman, is on trial for second-degree murder in Seminole County, Fla.
The controversy and media saturation is nothing new to Central Floridians, who were glued to the Casey Anthony trial two years ago, and the first week of testimony has lived up to the hype:
Originally posted 04/20/2012 11:45AM
A week after George Zimmerman was charged with murder in the second degree, a judge set his bond at $150,000 during a hearing Friday morning in Sanford, Fla.
Under the conditions of the bond, he cannot have any contact with the family of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, whom Zimmerman, 28, fatally shot in February, reports CNN.
However, at the hearing, Zimmerman made a statement to Martin's parents: "I wanted to say. I am sorry for the loss of your son."
Other conditions of the bond include Zimmerman be monitored by GPS and have to contact authorities every three days. The judge also said he would not be released Friday.
– Alison Schwartz
Originally posted 04/11/2012 03:15PM
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida who fatally shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in February, has been charged with murder in the second degree, special prosecutor Angela Corey announced Wednesday.
Zimmerman surrendered to authorities and is currently in custody. On Thursday's Today show, his new attorney, Mark O'Mara, said his client will enter a plea of not guilty.
In Florida, a charge of second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to CNN.
Lawyers for Zimmerman, 28, stepped down from the case Tuesday, saying Zimmerman had been uncommunicative and expressing concern for his emotional and physical well-being.
Originally posted 03/28/2012 08:00AM
George Zimmerman is accused of doing the unthinkable: shooting an unarmed teenager during a routine neighborhood watch patrol.
The death of Trayvon Martin – and the police decision not to arrest Zimmerman – has devastated Martin's parents, set off a nationwide debate, and prompted President Obama to speak out in unusually personal terms.
But a friend of Zimmerman says the Florida man is going through his own torment.
"He's not the man that I knew before the shooting," Joe Oliver tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story.
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