Zimmerman Waives Rights to “Stand Your Ground” Defense

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*As expected, former neighborhood watchman and killer of 17-year-old Trayvon MartinGeorge Zimmerman, waived his right to the stand your ground law to claim self-defense.

He was asked in a series of questions whether or not he understood that he was giving up the right to a hearing before his second-degree murder trial in June.

“After consultation with my counsel, yes, your honor,” Zimmerman he told Circuit Judge Debra Nelson.

The judge set aside two weeks at the end of April to ensure Zimmerman an immunity hearing, if he had chosen to take that option.

But prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda filed a motion asking for the accused to make clear his intentions, whether or not he wanted a hearing.

“We’d much rather have the jury address the issue of criminal liability or lack thereof,” said Zimmerman’s defense attorney.

Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara also wanted the court to unseal details on a civil settlement Martin’s parents received from Zimmerman’s homeowner’s association. O’Mara contended the settlement could influence the testimony of Martin’s parents, if they are called as witnesses, says the Associated Press.

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