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A year later, Twitter still divided over Trayvon case

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  • George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012
  • Zimmerman claims he shot the teenager in self-defense
A year later, Twitter still divided over Trayvon case

It’s been a year since the death of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge for shooting Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. Martin was returning from a convenience store and was unarmed. Zimmerman told police he shot the teen in self-defense.

Zimmerman’s “Stand Your Ground” hearing is set for April 22. If Zimmerman’s attorneys are successful at the hearing, their client could walk out of court a free man with immunity from prosecution. However, if they don’t convince the judge, Zimmerman will face a full criminal trial on June 10. At trial, Zimmerman will still be able to argue self-defense.

Many people vehemently believe Zimmerman confronted Martin because he was a young, black male. Others passionately believe Zimmerman was “standing his ground” and legally defended himself.

Shortly after Martin’s death, supporters from both sides quickly logged onto Twitter to argue about the evidence in the case and to discuss race in America.

A year later, they are still tweeting.

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