If I were being chased by a crazy person, I would like to think that I would have my wits about me enough to not go home and thus show the crazy person where I live.
I have a strong suspicion that the prosecution has evidence or a witness that only the lawyers and court are aware of. Discovery process is over, defence would know who the witness is and already deposed him/her. It will depend on how well they testify in court. Or, maybe some kick a$$ smoking gun evidence.
She's going for the max she can get - 2nd degree. Can't charge up, but you can plead down. She has room to play with and that's good. She wants a conviction, and I think she will get it, either way.
I do not think they will be able to get a complete jury to be able agree beyond a shadow of doubt that it was not self defence unless there is evidence that I am not aware of.
I don't believe that map. Zimmerman did not drive his truck to follow Martin; he got out of it and followed him on foot. That is very clear from the 911 call, you can hear the car's door chimes and then wind blowing. He tells the 911 operator that Martin was running toward the back gate, which meant he was heading down the street below the #6. There is supposedly a witness who lives in the second row of houses along that street who says Zimmerman asked her if she saw someone "go that way" which puts him quite a bit farther away than what he's claimed and what that map shows. I can't find a direct link to her statement just allusions to it in comments, and a link to a youtube video that no longer exists.
Trayvon told his girlfriend on the phone that he was "almost home" (that would be the blue dot in the bottom right corner of the map) but he didn't go home, probably because he didn't want that crazy dude to know what house he was in. I know I wouldn't go straight home if someone crazy was following me! I think Martin turned into the grassy area between the second & third rows of houses, just above where the blue "Martin house" dot is, but he turned left instead of right and went up that walkway that is between/behind the houses. And that's where Zimmerman found him and killed him.
If that is what happened I wonder why he bothered wrestling with Martin first why didn't he just take out the gun and shoot him from a distance? Would have been far easier.
He's acknowledged following TM and getting out of his truck to "look for a street sign." Yet, this is a neighborhood that he fought to get a neighborhood watch for and patrolled regularly. It wouldn't be necessary to look for a STREET sign on foot. And he really should be familiar enough with patrolling it to know what street he was on.Quote:
Zimmerman said that’s when he thought to get out of his truck and look for a street sign, because he was still on the phone with non-emergency dispatch and wanted to give the dispatcher more information.
*If* he was walking back to the truck and TM started to follow him, why end the call with dispatch? Why not tell her that he thought the guy was now following him. Why did he decide right before the confrontation to tell her to call when the police got there? If TM is the one using a sucker punch and the element of surprise while Zimmerman is walking back to truck, it should have been caught on the recording because Zimmerman had no reason to end the call unless he was doing something other than getting back into his truck.