Two points of self-serving misinformation here:<quoted text>
Unfortunately, Travon resorted to violence, and attacked Mr. Zimmerman, who was faithfully performing his neighborhood watch duties, from ambush.
1. Zimmerman was NOT "...faithfully performing his neighborhood watch duties." From the Sanford PD Neighborhood Watch Manual: "What you will
not do is get physically involved with any activity you report or
apprehension of any suspicious persons. This is the job of the law
enforcement agency." (p.3) and "Do not take any risks to prevent a
crime or try to make an arrest. The responsibility for apprehending criminals belongs to the police department." (p.15) He was advised not to follow, and did so anyway.
Zimmerman was in fact acting as an armed vigilante. He's free, so why white-wash what happened?
2...."from ambush"? Here you've decided to choose Zimmerman's story of being jumped from ambush, as opposed to Zimmerman's alternate (and videotaped) story of the boy walking down the sidewalk.
Restraint? He shot the boy point-blank in the heart. Where's the restraint, because he didn't pistol-whip the body as well?<quoted text>I think Mr. Zimmerman showed remarkable restraint with his weapon, even though he was being savagely beaten by his attacker.
Again, you've selected that which serves your prejudice. Zimmerman was punched, no doubt. According to expert forensic testimony, Zimmerman was far from being "savagely beaten." He had a bloody nose, and a couple scrapes to his head from wrestling on the ground. I will concede, though, that to a wimp that might qualify as a "savage beating".
Not so much. Again you hyper-select this, and disregard that. According to Zimmerman, on video, his weapon was on his >right rear hip<.<quoted text>However, once Travon saw the weapon, and reached for it, Mr. Zimmerman was forced to use the weapon to defend his life.
According to eyewitnesses, at one point Zimmerman was on top. We know that eventually Martin was on top. What we have here is a typical relatively even match where they are grappling around with first one and then the other on top. The only difference being one was a screaming pussy with a concealed weapon.
When Martin was on top, Zimmerman, by his own words, was wriggling around to the point that the boy's knees were up to Zimmerman's armpit. This would place the weapon >behind< Martin, AND at least partially behind Zimmerman's right hip. According to this scenario, provided by Zimmerman himself, it is most plausible that the first time Martin saw the weapon was when Zimmerman reached for it.
Among the several failures of the prosecution, they utterly failed to present the question as to why, if the fight took place in the one spot as described by Zimmerman, why was Martin's dead body lying fifteen feet away from that spot? Obviously much more went on in that tragic 13 minutes than Zimmerman's testimony chose to reveal.
Not so much. The beginning of the story is a silent creep watching and then following a boy walking home in the rain at night. The end of the story is a boy being killed for standing his ground against a nervous coward with a gun on a dark rainy night. There's a reason that the initial lead investigator wanted to bring manslaughter charges that night. Unfortunately he was over-ridden by superiors.<quoted text>End of story.
But it probably didn't matter. The prosecution had to prove that Zimmerman had prior malicious intent. I don't think he did. The defense only had to demonstrate that Zimmerman feared for his life. It was obvious he was fearful, from the moment he rolled up his car window rather than simply identify himself and ask the boy what he was doing. The fault lies in the ambiguous application of "Stand Your Ground" law, which had he lived, could have been the boy's defense equally.