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Mon 10 Jun 2013

Spotlight on Florida as racially-charged Zimmerman murder trial kicks off

  • By Eva HS and 1 other
  • Last update: 100 weeks ago
  • Orlando, Florida, United States

March for Trayvon Martin

flickr- Felix Masi

The murder trial of George Zimmerman, charged with the second degree murder of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin, is set to begin.

In late May, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson ruled the trial would not be delayed and Trayvon's school records or past fights would not be allowed as evidence.

The case has been the cause of numerous civil rights rallies across the US.  

Zimmerman shot the unarmed African-American teenager while he was walking through a gated Sanford community on the way to his father's house. According to Zimmerman, he was acting out of self defense.

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