Then new judge has one SYG hearing under her belt which she rejected but the jury acquitted the defendant. The two cases are very different in my mind except the final act which was adjudicated as self defense is very similar "...that Leonard was about to grab the gun."
Film at Eleven!
Zimmerman judge denied 'stand your ground' claim in earlier case - latimes.com
Boone charged at Jones, lifting a glass-top table as if to flip it onto the defendant, the judge wrote, and Jones opened fire, shooting Boone three times.
On April 27, at Jones' "stand your ground" hearing, defense attorney Dan Geraghty put the defendant and two witnesses who were in a nearby apartment on the stand.
In her five-page order, Nelson made it clear that she did not believe the defendant and at least one of the witnesses. Boone's actions, she wrote, would not have caused a reasonable person to believe that he was about to commit a forcible felony.
A month later, a Seminole County jury acquitted Jones after listening to him explain why he opened fire.
"We argued to the jury that it was pure reaction, that Leonard was about to grab the gun," Geraghty said.
It's not surprising, Geraghty said, that the jury and the judge came to different conclusions. A jury is required to measure the evidence one way: Has the state proved the defendant's guilt beyond every reasonable doubt? The judge must rely on a different standard: By a preponderance of evidence, has the defendant proved that he had a reasonable fear of imminent death or great bodily injury?
SYG in Florida does not seem to be applied evenly by law enforcement. Brandon Baker's case is insane to me that SYG is an acceptable defense for example.
Dr. Phil's role model...
Even is Zimmerman is acquitted. His life will be spent in hiding from the certain groups that mean him harm
Someone on another forum made a map of the complex with the locations of critical events noted.
I took it another step and made a map using a Google Earth image, and transposing the events onto it.
I have a whole new perspective of how small the area is. You can see where Z parked, where he saw M, and where he walked to follow M. also, Z was waiting for the local cops, and he expected M to run for the side entrance. Tie this into the time line established from the 911 calls, the content of the calls, and I'm convinced Z was attacked by M.
The court seems to be moving at a glacial pace, and Z's life is forever changed, but I hope justice is done.