Back In Judge Nelson’s Courtroom With George Zimmerman
Hat tip to Scrodriguez.
This afternoon, a probable cause hearing was held in the case of the State of Florida vs. Matthew Apperson. George Zimmerman took the stand to testify of the incident of May 11, 2015.
Apperson is charged with three counts;
Attempted second degree murder with a firearm.
Shooting into an occupied vehicle.
Aggravated assault with a firearm.
During his testimony, Zimmerman was wishy-washy about what was contained in a bag in his truck, first saying that he could not identify the bag, to saying that it did not contain multiple boxes of ammunition, to then identifying at least two boxes of ammunition.
Zimmerman also testified that he had a gun in a holder that is screwed onto the dashboard of his truck, and that he removed the gun and placed it in the middle holder just before the Lake Mary police officer reached his vehicle.
Thinking that he had been shot, Zimmerman did not call 911 but proceeded down the road to get the attention of the Seminole County Sheriff. Zimmerman also claimed that he did not give a statement to the Lake Mary police that day because he thinks the department is corrupt. He also testified that he was not sure if he should go to the hospital because of his “high profile” and that people were already taking photos.
Rather than calling 911, Zimmerman testified that he immediately called attorney Don West. He stated that on the advise of West, that he did not give the police a statement until several days later and when he did, it was to the Winter Park police.
Judge Nelson presided over the probable cause hearing and at the end of Zimmerman’s testimony and the State’s argument, she found probably cause. Apperson did not take the witness stand.
Court chatter live streamed the hearing, and I’ll keep watch to see if it becomes available for embedding. I must admit that my only motivation to continue following news about George Zimmerman is because his life is like a train wreck. After his testimony, Zimmerman sat down next to Don West. If any member of Zimmerman’s family was in the courtroom today, the cameras were not put on them.
Below is the video of today’s hearing.