The case against George Zimmerman
What happens now?
- Duration 10:29
- Date Apr 11, 2012
What happens now?
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And this is a Fox News alert you're looking at brand new video George Zimmermann arriving at the Sanford police station in Florida how he can be seen exiting from -- Black SUV.
With -- head and his face covered his arrival happened just a short time ago.
And these are the first images of him that we have seen since the police released surveillance video inside the station the night of trade on shooting.
Now here's a look at the booking photo that was process right after his arrival.
And also brand new tonight 45 days after the fatal shooting.
Of seventeen year old -- Bob Martin George Zimmermann has been charged with second degree murder.
Have a special prosecutor for the case held a press conference earlier this evening announcing the charges.
Let's take a look at this.
Let me emphasize that we do not prosecute -- public pressure or about petition.
We prosecute based on the facts of any given case.
As well as the laws of the state of Florida today we filed an information charging -- George Zimmerman with murder in the second degree.
A -- he -- has been issued for his arrest.
With the filing of that information in the issuance of the -- is he will have a right to appear in front of the magistrate in Seminole County.
Within 24 hours of his arrest and -- formal prosecution will began.
Now after he was charged the Martin family they responded.
First of all I wanna say thank god -- We simply wanted -- wrist.
We -- and nothing more nothing less we do is wanted and -- risk and we got it -- -- say thank you.
Thank you lord thank you -- its secondly.
I just want to speak from my heart to your heart.
Because -- there's no color.
Is not correct there's not why is rich.
And I want to say thank you from my heart to your heart.
Now shortly after Zimmerman is newly hired an attorney Mark O'Meara -- held a press conference Torre told reporters.
That he was not concerned about is -- women's mental state and that his client would plead not guilty to the charge joining me now with the very latest.
Fox 35 reporter Shannon Butler criminal defense attorney Rebecca rose woodland.
And also joining us prosecutor Anna Sega.
They get right finally as amazing all right look a year -- your heart goes out to the mother in this case she lost a seventeen year old son.
Now here we are at this point they did the investigation.
A lot of attorneys that I have spoken to say they overcharged.
They -- Some very dramatic situation happened we have heard it in the 911 tape we know there's an eyewitness.
Who from what we can tell did not know who was screaming help he -- and identity.
Harder -- -- depraved mind occurs when a person is killed by an act.
In a depraved mind showing no regard for human life without premeditation without Panetta -- -- when -- first aren't murder right.
And then if you look at you know for example.
He do you have manslaughter you have you know different varying things.
But we don't know all the facts hasn't -- my complaint from the very beginning here is that.
We have members of congress has said he was hunted down meaning -- about more like a rabid dog you have people -- say he was.
Are profiled no evidence suggests that people say he was killed because he is black.
You have activist you have a bounty on somebody's head.
You've got now you know so much surrounding this case.
The special prosecutor says now that -- Nolan.
-- I'm going to go with right now we don't know all the evidence and if you take a look at this special prosecutor she was appointed on March 22.
Mean that's -- weeks ago and it took her until -- today.
To formally -- charges so I'll say that what it looks like -- is that she took her time if it was just political or public pressure.
Then why not have this information these charges and a few days.
We don't know it all the Evans you know there's been some tapes that we've seen there has been asked some of -- one calls -- we've heard.
You've got to believe and I hope that there's a lot more.
Isn't it a bit let me go to Shannon -- it on the ground and -- -- -- and I still go back to I think -- -- the key interview up to this point again not having all the facts not rushing to judgment on this program.
The way other networks have we have three networks and we'll deal with us later in the program -- BC -- -- tape.
That makes it quite incriminating towards mr.
Then of course we have ABC they get the video of mr.
Zimmerman known in the police station -- after a -- they say I'll no evidence of any injuries.
A closer examination showed that.
And then we have another network but as an audio specialist that says that a racial slur was utter uttered.
That had to be retracted -- at NBC ABC CNN.
All -- attracting in this case as an irresponsible comments by members of congress we got a bounty on the head of George Zimmermann a lot of things surrounding us.
What do you -- on the ground.
Well even Mark O'Meara told me today that he really hopes the special prosecutor made the charges because she found that in the investigation.
But I think it's a little hard to ignore everything that has surrounded this case everything that has been -- everything that has that heard.
She says she did this by the book and the attorney right now thinks that that.
Was probably the way it wet I don't know I think we'll have to see what all this evidence comes out because there's a lot of stuff we still just don't know yet.
We can't help but your probably you did have the one definitive interview there was an eyewitness from day one and you interviewed him I believe it was immediately thereafter are pretty close -- after.
And you're eyewitness.
Was adamant in saying that he saw -- on -- on top of George Zimmermann.
Which would be consistent with -- the broken nose the lacerations in the back of the head and the grass stains and apparently were on the back of a -- I all I can figure is he didn't see what happened right before that and that's may -- how this.
Prosecutor made that decision we don't know if she interviewed this eyewitness we assume.
That she did but we haven't been able to talk some sense.
Cents that day so we don't know what he told Laura what they found or even if Sanford police -- FDR -- ever talk with him.
We -- there's one other witness to that says -- same exact thing so yes there are questions.
That was then being -- that would then be two witnesses that corroborate.
At least the story that trade -- was beating up mr.
Zimmerman and bit I would argue in your prosecutor that.
You know barring any new information we get and we we say that sincerely because I think we are going -- learn new facts in the case.
That at least on the surface seems to corroborate mr.
Zimmerman story at the time.
Which and again this is a man who was not arrested right away and then they had handcuffs on and he was brought into the police say they let him go right and it's -- they decided wasn't charged -- and they have that they have the decision making power and ultimately the prosecutor to file charges in the state of Florida and a case like this they have to find -- there's probable cause there was no justification.
So yes we have -- -- you know we don't know we don't know things like the forensics.
Is the autopsy of tape on Martin going to corroborate did -- robbery or does it crop or doesn't -- -- some of the things he said what happened before in the state of -- key is this defense.
If you are the attacker who initially started the physical.
Well -- spoke to mr.
And I did speak to mr.
Zimmerman I'll keep that conversation private I'll talk about the conversation with the father that was right here on this program and his story was that in fact trade bond market confronted him as he was making his way back to the car we don't now now want to emphasize that we don't know I want justice in this case.
If this was some type of racially motivated killing.
And then George -- does not seem to fit the profile as somebody who mentored minority children.
Was involved in the case to defend an African American homeless -- that was beaten by the son of one of -- local police officer.
Doesn't seem to fit that profile.
But there's been this rush to judgment by so many that they did the injuries to forensics do you think that can make a difference in this case -- ya gonna have competing forensic experts and trying to.
-- have competing forensic experts but you know why he has the the excuse to second degree murder and Florida is sudden combat.
That will absolutely.
Make the jury declare a not guilty so they can prove its sudden combat or he had seen grin on a prosecutor and on a -- but that's smarter and -- perhaps and Florida's on the stand your ground law the prosecution is going to have to prove.
That Zimmerman confronted -- moment.
And unrest -- him and that.
-- bond was completely -- this is really get why -- -- -- -- that did.
On the surface -- in your analysis of the law it seems like he might be some.
Some overcharging here this is a prosecutor the charge that thirteen year old with first degree murder.
Right which I would I.
You know all -- and then there there's a bit of concern that she's a very aggressive prosecutor in general.
But the issue is here sometimes -- you overcharge you see what happens in Florida jury then -- but look at the Casey Anthony exactly whereas gone with us exactly and a well actually don't think they overcharged the Casey Anthony case the getting back to this case I think as long as a prosecutor is a good prosecuted they -- seeking justice not just convictions and I actually hope the prosecutor is.
Vigorous an -- And they -- like I want justice -- to beat one another issue is she is the press has been charged with conducting this investigation.
You know there's so many different ways -- this case can go even if it's not racially motivated that doesn't mean it doesn't equal a crime.
And I say that again actually not having all the fast I don't think any of us have.
Was George -- the first aggressor.
Or was that -- on Martin and if it was mr.
Zimmerman what was in his Father's Day is father's very adamant in saying that he was confronted.
We don't know we don't that's what they are -- that's -- they're saying McCain wasn't there -- one I want a -- an interview contracts doesn't that doesn't that seem pretty compelling that's the one person that saw a lot of one on that but what they -- doesn't -- one are they accurate and a mistake if they are accurate what happened before what happened straight on Martin.
That caused him to do is of one minute time -- -- right or what I'm I'm I'm one minute I got out of Italy and I think a lot cannot bring a totally bruised right and we're not saying by the way she never lost you never lost against us again.
I have been fortunate.
I have been fortunate I would say -- -- I -- a better -- so it's all right guys -- you both for banking area and -- always Shannon Butler thank you for being with us --