Trayvon Martin – Updates

Trayvon Martin – Updates

Update 9/19/2012

Trayvon Martin Witness’ Crime Scene Sketch Released Today 9-19-2012.

A sketch by a witness to the scuffle leading up to Trayvon Martin being shot by George Zimmerman was released today. The sketch alleges that Zimmerman, who was wearing a red jacket, was on the bottom and Martin, who was wearing a grey hoodie was on top.Trayvon Martin Witness Sketch

Other evidence released today includes a report by FDLE stating that Martin’s DNA was not found on the gun and they were unable to determine if his DNA was on the gun’s holster.

Update 6/12/2012

George Zimmerman’s wife has been arrested.

Shellie Zimmerman, 25 was arrested this afternoon at about 3:30 p.m. “at the location she was residing in Seminole County,” according to deputies.

Shellie was booked on a perjury charge, with bond set at $1,000 for her testimony relating to their finances. She is currently “in the process of posting bond,” deputies said.

Update 6/1/2012

George Zimmerman’s bond has been revoked.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester revoked Zimmerman’s bond in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman now has 48 hours to turn himself in.

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda accused Zimmerman and his wife of lying during his bond hearing about how much money he collected via a web site he created.

According to the motion,”During the jail phone calls both of them (George and his wife) spoke in code to hide what they were doing.”

Update 5/8/2012
In a routine procedure this afternoon George Zimmerman was formally arraigned for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and filled a written not-guilty plea.

Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, also filed a motion to waive his client’s right to a speedy trial and another motion to continue the case to allow him more time to prepare for the trial.

Neither Zimmerman not his attorney Mark O’Mara attended the proceedings which lasted about 30 seconds.

The next hearing is August 8 to attend to planning and scheduling details.

Update 4/27/2012
Mark O’Mara, attorney for George Zimmerman told CNN host Anderson Cooper the Zimmerman’s website had made in excess of $200,000 before he shut it money money

The website was apparently only online for a couple of weeks starting up on April 10, 2012.

O’Mara has concerns that the judge might have set a higher bail had he known about the amount the site had collected.

I have concerns about Martin being declared indigent if he has the ability to collect so much money from public donations – why should the taxpayers be stuck with the bill for the cost of this trial.

Yes, I’m aware that Trayvon’s family has also collected a rather large sum as well however they aren’t asking for any public funds that I know of.

Update 4/26/2012

Reports of violence against white committed in the name of Trayvon Martin continue to pop-up.

Alton Hayes Mugshot

Alton Hayes an 18-year-old black male and his partner, an unnamed 15-year-old black Chicago boy, attacked a 19-year-old white man on April 17 at around 1 a.m. in Oak Park, IL.

Spokesman for the Illinois State’s attorney, Andy Conklin, stated that Hayes said he jumped the man because he was mad about what happened to Trayvon Martin.

Hayes was charged with committing a hate crime Wednesday, as well as attempted robbery and aggravated battery.

The boy was charged with attempted robbery.

Update 4/23/2012

Sanford police chief in Trayvon Martin investigation has tendered his resignation, but it was rejected by the city commissioners pending the outcome of an investigation.

George Zimmerman Released From Jail

Early this morning George Zimmerman was released from jail after Michael Smith of Magic Bail Bonds posted his $150,000 bail. He was fitted with a GPS monitoring device.

Zimmerman left jail in a white BMW while wearing a bulletproof vest under a Pittsburgh Steelers jacket and carrying a brown paper bag of his belongings. He either has left the state or will do so shortly and his address will be kept secret.

Another hearing is scheduled for Friday, April 27, to clarify what evidence will be released to the public in accordance with Florid’s Sunshine Laws.

Zimmerman’s next hearing will be an arraignment on May 8, when he will formally enters a plea. It is unlikely he will appear at this hearing.

Update 4/20/2012

Bond set and $150,000 with additional conditions – see below.

Commissary Account Watch $413.15

New photos showing Zimmerman’s bloody head taken 3 minutes after the shooting released.

George Zimmerman Photo Showing Head Injury

George Zimmerman's Bloody Head Photo


George Zimmerman bail hearing today @ 9:00 a.m.

9:06 Judge Kenneth M. Lester Jr. starts bond hearing

Zimmerman in suit and tie with hands cuffed in front.

George Zimmerman’s wife Shelly Nicole Zimmerman starts testimony remotely and is sworn in by a notary public. She is questioned by George’s attorney Mark O’Mara. Says she will advise court if she loses contact with George Zimmerman. Says she is a nursing student, will graduate in 4 weeks but is not employed. Doesn’t have any assests she can use to assist George in his defense or bond. Will assist George in maintaining any conditions of his possible release. Says she is concerned with the safety of her and her family and will not disclose where they may stay if George is released and report any change in their location. Testifies that George is not a danger to the community.

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda brings up the charges against George brought about by altercation in bar and the injunction filed by former girl friend.

She doesn’t know how much money Zimmerman’s web site has collected. Says she has recieved “hate mail”.

Zimmerman’s father testifying.

Asked how he can assist in securing money for George’s bond. Says disabled Vet has few assets and a mortage on home but would pled home to secure George’s release.

Never know George to be violent and he would “turn the other cheek”. Is worried about his safety and would request secrecy of George’s location. Would assist George in meeting any requirements of his release.

Says George and his wife both own cars – doesn’t know if money is owed on them.

Same questions about prior arrest and injunction.

Doesn’t know anything about how much money the website has collected.

Testified that George had protective covering over his nose, bloody lip, cuts on back of head the next day.

9:52 a.m. George Zimmerman’s mother, Gladys, now questioned.

Has frequent contact with George and his wife. Is concerned with George’s safety if he is released and requests his location be kept secret. She is retired, doesn’t have much savings has some equity in home, doesn’t know how much but would pledge it to secure George’s release.

Testified about George mentoring 2 Afro-American kids.

10:05 a.m. No more telephone witnesses

Mark O’Mara calls investigator Gale Gilbreath.

Questioned use of “Profiled” in arrest affidavit rather than saw, noticed etc.

Witness who was on phone with Trayvon was interviewed 5 weeks after shooting.

falsly assumed Trayvon was going to commit a crime.

Disregarded instruction not to follow Trayvon.

Zimmerman confronted Martin – questioned use of confronted.

Not aware of circumstances in Trayvon’s mother identifying his voice on tape. Not aware of Trayvon’s father trying to identify voice.

No evidence that Zimmerman was NOT returning to his car.

No evidence that Zimmerman initiated the violence.

Prosecutor – says has evidence that Zimmerman lied about getting beat and having his head bashed into sidewalk.

Lots of statements by Zimmerman contradicted by evidence.

stippling - gunshot wound

Gunshot Stippling

Powder on hoodie and stippling on Martin.

Defense – Investigator agrees injuries consistent with head hitting ground. Had two cuts on back of head.

Says evidence inconsistent with Zimmerman’s head being bashed and him scooting away from sidewalk and then shooting Martin.

Defense says has evidence Zimmerman’s nose was broken.

Zimmerman apologies to Martin’s family. Says he didn’t know victim’s age thought he was older and didn’t know if he was armed.

Prosecutor says Zimmerman sent message referring to Martin’s father – but never completed question.

Defense asks for $15,000 bond and asks Zimmerman be able to leave state and keep locatoin secret and suggest use of GPS. Surrendered his passport at begining of hearing.

Prosecutor says Zimmerman faces life in prison, unarmed 17-year-old boy. Could be threat to community doesn’t respect authority and confronts them. Trouble with law before and has violence in his past. Danger to community. No bond or bond of $1,000,000.

Judge – We have LOTS of experience. Circumstances of arrest at “library” happens regularly, injunction minor.

Bond of $150,000 electric monitoring GPS. No contact with victim’s family. No firearms of any sort. No alcohol. Curfew 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. advise location every 3 days. No contact with witnesses. No controlled substances. Work with Sheriff and FDLE about living out of state.

Next hearing Friday, April 27, 2012 9:00 for media to voice concerns.

Update 4/17/2012

Commissary Account Watch $416.15

Update 4/16/2012

Commissary Account Watch $502.16

Update 4/15/2012

Commissary Account Watch $305.16

Marine staff sergeant Suneel Mehta, who was training at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms (San Bernardino County, California) is facing punishment after he tweeted, ” Rifle range all day today. Shooting black all day like George Zimmerman.” (Presumably he was referring to silhouette targets which are painted black.)

Once his superiors found out about the tweet (Saturday April 14,2012), the Marine deleted the post, erased his Twitter account and took down his MySpace account. (People still use MySpace?)

The Marine also apologized for the post when contacted by a reporter for the Marine Corps Times saying: “It was a distasteful comment that was said. I guess at the time I didn’t realize how one comment would affect so many people negatively, and for that I apologize to everybody.” (People still talk to reporters?)George Zimmerman Cracker T Shirt

Then there is this unfortunate tee shirt that has been for sale on the internet for a couple of weeks…

Update 4/14/2012
Zimmerman’s Commissary Account was $121.00 when he was booked into the Seminole County Jail. I suspect that was the cash he had on him when he was arrested. The next day the account dropped down to $41.16 and as of this morning it looks like he got an influx and his balance now stands at $308.16 – riveting information right? LOL!

So what did he buy? See all his purchases at the link below.

Zimmerman Commissary Orders 4/12/2012

Update 4/13/2012

Zimmerman will ask the court to set bond so he can get out of jail while he awaits trial, his attorney said Friday.

A bond hearing has been tentatively scheduled to begin at 9 AM April 20.

Also on Friday, the judge in this case, Jessica Recksiedler, said she would entertain motions to disqualify herself from the trial after discovering that her husband works with Mark NeJame. NeJame, a prominent Central Florida attorney whom Zimmerman approached about representing him, has since taken a job with a local TV station as their legal analyst and commentator on this case.

O’Mara said the association might become “more and more problematic” given the intense media and public scrutiny the case is attracting.

Recksiedler said she would hope any such request would be filed before Zimmerman’s bond hearing, currently scheduled for April 20.

Update 4/12/2012

George Zimmerman made 1st appearance @ 1:35 PM

Jessica Recksiedler to be Judge in George Zimmerman caseJudge finds in favor of the affidavit for probable cause and ruled all other proceedings (such as bond and arraignment) will be handled for the Circuit Court. Judge Jessica Recksiedler has been assigned to the case and has been on the bench for about 1 year.

Zimmerman is expected entered a plea of Not Guilty.

Both sides want to seal records.

Formal arraignment 5/29/2012 1:30 in Circuit Court

Concluded @ 1:42 PM

Update 4/11/2012

George Zimmerman mugshot – click for more info.

Update 4/11/2012

Click to see what 2nd Degree Murder is in Florida

6:05 PM – Angela Corey announced that George Zimmerman has been charged with Murder in the 2nd Degree in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman is scheduled to appear in court in Sanford, FL within 24 hours. Corey confirmed Zimmerman turned himself in and is in custody but declined to say where he is currently.

5:55 PM – According to Zimmerman’s new attorney, Mark M. O’Mara, George Zimmerman is in custody.

Mark O’Mara is the Legal Analyst for Channel 6 in Orlando, FL.

Update 4/11/2012
Angela Corey will make an announcement this evening at 6:00 PM at the state attorney’s office in Jacksonville. According to several sources she has decided to file charges against George Zimmerman.
Update 4/10/2012
Tuesday evening, State Attorney Angela Corey announced she will hold a news conference within the next 72 hours regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation.

Read the entire Media Alert here.

Update 4/10/2012 George Zimmerman’s attorneys, Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner have withdrawn from his case. George apparently contacted the special prosecutors office and told them the attorneys were his “Legal Representatives – not his “lawyers”.

The attorneys had lost contact with Zimmerman and were concerned with him contacting the prosecutor, he called Sean Hannity of Fox News without consulting them, creating a web site and not communicating with them.

The attorneys left open the possibility that they would represent him in the future. And they remain convinced that he was acting in self defense.

Update 4/10/2012 Sanford Florida Police Cruiser

An empty Sanford police cruiser parked near the subdivision where George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin was shot was shot up early Tuesday. The police car had been parked in front of the Bentley Elementary school across the street from Twin Lakes Retreat at the request of school officials who were concerned about safety issues.

According to police no one was inside the police car but at least one window was shot out.

Witness accounts say they heard 6 shots and at least two bullet holes were found in the police cruiser.

Police Cruiser Shot Up in Sanford Florida

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