Murder defendant George Zimmerman will not have a “stand your ground” hearing before his trial, after he waived that right in court today.
However, the issue could still resurface at trial, his defense lawyer said.
Several contentious issues were set for a hearing today, and rhetoric between the attorneys in recent filings has been heated, so Circuit Judge Debra Nelson warned the attorneys at the start of today’s hearing that she would not tolerate any squabbling.
Already today, Nelson has addressed a request by the state that she demand an answer from Zimmerman on this question: Are you giving up your right to a “stand your ground” hearing?
That’s a proceeding that could absolve him of criminal wrongdoing for killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, in Sanford last year in what has become a civil rights cause célèbre.