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article imageGeorge Zimmerman may soon open up about Trayvon Martin shooting

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 10, 2012 in Crime
The man who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin - and claims it was in self-defense - may soon talk publicly about the shooting. Lawyers for George Zimmerman said their client will talk, provided he is not charged in the 17-year-old's death.
Criminal lawyers Craig Sonner and Al Uhrig, Zimmerman's legal team, made the remarks on national radio in the U.S. on Mon., April 9, 2012. If their client is charged he will not speak out publicly until his case is over, they said. Zimmerman is staying at an undisclosed location with family members due to a fear for his safety, a result of death threats.
George Zimmerman's story told by family
Zimmerman has yet to make public statements about that Feb. 26 night in Sanford, Fl.. His story has been made known, however, through the recounting of family members - his brother Robert appeared on CNN with Piers Morgan - and his lawyers. After he followed Martin, whom he saw walking around his townhouse complex acting in, he claims, a suspicious manner, and after he finished talking with 911, he began returning to his vehicle without making contact with Martin.
At some point, he claims, he was confronted by Martin, who attacked him. Zimmerman says he was punched in the face and his was nose broken; he was thrown to the ground and Martin repeatedly pounded his head into the pavement, he said. He claims that he began to fear for his life and only then pulled out his gun and shot Trayvon Martin in the chest.
Screams are heard on a 911 tape from one of many calls made by persons in the neighborhood and Zimmerman's family say it was Zimmerman, Martin's family say it was Trayvon Martin. While two experts in voice analysis have said the screaming does not match Zimmerman's voice, a resident who lives in the townhouse where the struggle took place said he stood outside his door and that Zimmerman was on the bottom getting beat up and began yelling at him to get help.
No Grand Jury in Trayvon Martin slaying
The Special Prosecutor assigned to make the decision on whether charges will be filed against Zimmerman, Angela Corey, said on Monday she alone will make that decision and that there will be no Grand Jury appointed to look at the case. Also on Monday, demonstrators appeared at the Sanford police station calling for the arrest of Zimmerman.
While on the radio program, Zimmerman's lawyers said police and prosecutors have followed proper procedure in the case, something the lawyer's representing Trayvon Martin's family say is not the case. A decision from Corey on charges may come this week.
Meanwhile, a website has been created, claiming to have been created by Zimmerman, where he does not talk of the case but asks for donations to help with his defence. That website is at therealgeorgezimmerman.com.
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