George Zimmerman, the man who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, made his first appearance in court Thursday afternoon 45 days after killing the unarmed teen.
Zimmerman, who is facing Second Degree Murder charges, was bound over for a formal arraignment hearing on May 29. The presiding judge at this brief hearing found enough probable cause to support the current charge.
Although legal experts expected Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara to ask for bond at today’s hearing, he did not, meaning the 28-year-old man will remain in custody until a possible bond hearing at a later date.
Next up for Zimmerman is a formal arraignment and an additional hearing to see whether to not Zimmerman’s self-defense claim is enough to dismiss or sustain the Second Degree Murder charge.
Wednesday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted a press conference to announce an initiative to fight the spread of the controversial Stand Your Ground law. The campaign, which is also backed by the NAACP and National Urban League, aims to repeal and/or reform the laws currently in place in 23 states.
Many blame Florida’s Stand Your Ground law for being complicit in Trayvon Martin’s death, and perhaps this tragedy will affect real change in many of our nation’s gun laws.