Bail hearing set for shooter of Florida teen Trayvon Martin

SANFORD, Florida Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:59pm EDT

1 of 9. Attorney Mark O'Mara (L) looks on George Zimmerman (R) makes his first appearance on second degree murder charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in courtroom J2 at the Seminole County Correctional Facility in Sanford, April 12, 2012.

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SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - George Zimmerman, charged with killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, will remain in police custody for at least one more week after a Florida court on Friday set a bail hearing date for April 20.

The 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer surrendered to police on Wednesday when Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey charged him with second-degree murder in the February shooting death of 17-year-old Martin.

Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara has said he wants his client released from jail but did not request that at Zimmerman's initial court appearance on Thursday out of concern for his safety. Emotions are running high in the racially charged case, which has captured national attention.

Zimmerman is being held in protective custody for his safety in the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in the central Florida town of Sanford.

At a hastily scheduled hearing on Friday, meanwhile, the judge assigned to the case, Jessica Recksiedler, disclosed a possible conflict of interest. Her husband's law partner, Mark Nejame, is a legal analyst for television's CNN and was previously asked by Zimmerman to represent him. Nejame turned down the request.

Recksiedler did not recuse herself from the case during the hearing. She asked the attorneys to file motions if either party wants her removed from the case, and to do so before the April 20 bail hearing.

(Writing by Dan Burns; Editing by Philip Barbara)

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Comments (9)
It is difficult to conceive of an armed citizen stalking an unarmed one and somehow killing the unarmed man in self-defense…these laws are going to bring back the days of the wild west!

Apr 12, 2012 9:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
McBob08 wrote:
Aww! Poor baby is scared? Well, maybe he should have thought of the repercussions before he stalked, confronted and murdered an unarmed child in cold blood. I’m sorry, but I have no sympathy for Zimmerman; he brought all of this on his own head when he decided to be a gun-toting “Punisher” parody. When a child is killed — even a 17 year old — I’m going to push for maximum punishment for the person responsible for ending that young life (short of execution).

If Zimmerman is scared, then I’m glad! Maybe now he finally realizes the gravity of his actions. But the fact that he entered a Not Guilty plea means that he still isn’t willing to face up to the repercussions of his actions that night.

Apr 12, 2012 11:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlfredReaud wrote:
Two things stand out in this story:
1) Is the dispatcher a law enforcement officer? Did she give an order or did it carry the weight of a suggestion only?

2) With respect to deadly force there is no American jurisdiction, that I am aware of, where one may claim self-defense when one is the aggressor.

Apr 12, 2012 11:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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