George Zimmerman's much anticipated "Stand Your Ground" hearing is now scheduled for June if happens.
Zimmerman’s attorneys asked Judge Debra S. Nelson Tuesday to roll their client's “Stand Your Ground” hearing into his trial scheduled for June 10. Judge Nelson agreed to reschedule. It was originally slated for April 22. Zimmerman's attorneys have indicated they may opt to go straight to trial with out a ""Stand Your Ground" hearing.
If Zimmerman chooses to have the hearing it will determine whether Zimmerman is immune from prosecution under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law or if he will stand trial for killing Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge for shooting Martin on February 26, 2012. Martin was returning from a convenience store and was unarmed. Zimmerman told police he shot the teen in self-defense.
At the "Stand Your Ground" hearing, Zimmerman’s attorneys will have to convince the judge of three things:
- That Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity.
- That Zimmerman was being attacked in a place he had a right to be.
- That Zimmerman had the reasonable belief that his life and his safety were in danger as a result of an overt act or perceived threat committed by Martin.
If Zimmerman’s attorneys are successful at the "Stand Your Ground" hearing, their client could walk out of court a free man with immunity from prosecution in the shooting. 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.