The Trayvon Martin case has been slowly moving along in Florida, but last week Trayvon’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, reached a settlement with the Sanford, Florida Homeowner’s Association that “employed” George Zimmerman. Martin was shot to death while he was visiting his father’s home on Feb. 26, 2012, by volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman allegedly shot Martin in self-defense after he was allegedly attacked. Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder and is currently awaiting trial.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, portions of the settlement that was released on Friday did not specify how much money the family will receive, but allegedly it is believed to be over $1 million. In addition to the lack of financial disclosure, the settlement also stated that Zimmerman was not part of the agreement.
Benjamin Crump, the lawyer representing Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, provided copies of the settlement to Zimmerman’s attorney and the judge in the case on Thursday.
“It is understood and agreed that the payment made herein is not to be construed as an admission of any liability by or on behalf of the releasing parties; but instead the monies being paid hereunder is consideration for avoiding litigation, the uncertainties stemming from litigation as well as to protect and secure the good name and good will of the released parties,” the settlement said.
Lawyers for Martin’s family have made it clear that they still plan to file a civil claim against Zimmerman at a later point.
Trayvon Martin’s Family Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit With Homeowner’s Association