In May of 2015, Apperson shot at Zimmerman while the two were in separate vehicles on the road. It was the third confrontation between Apperson and Zimmerman.
Prosecutors charged Apperson with attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm and shooting into an occupied vehicle. If convicted he would face a minimum-mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison under Florida’s 10-20-life statute.
Apperson is claiming self-defense, saying that Zimmerman threatened to kill him and pointed a gun at him. Zimmerman denies that although he had two guns in his truck. Apperson is represented by defense attorney Michael LaFay.
Trial is scheduled to run through Friday.
Courtchatter has the videos on their Youtube channel, but the sound is not the best. I started the first below video with the unremorseful, unemployed, bumpy head, homeless man who killed Trayvon Martin coming into the courtroom. It is interesting that Don West was in the courtroom.
The second video continues with Zimmerman’s testimony, where he testified of calling a detective a “bitch” and “blonde bimbo,” saying he did not know she is a detective because she was dressed in plain clothes.
Apperson’s attorney began cross examining Zimmerman, which you can watch in the following video. Cross-examination continued Wednesday morning. Subsequent videos of the trial will be posted in the comment section of this blog.
About 6 days ago, it was reported that Chief of Police Cecil Smith of Sanford, Florida, revamped the rules for neighborhood watch volunteers that include they cannot carry firearms while conducting neighborhood watch.
Now, he has changed his mind. The Orlando Sentinel and other sources report since the original announcement, that Chief Smith held a community meeting where he clarified the new rules for Neighborhood Watch. About 100 people attended. Read the rest of this entry
Did anyone watch the CNN Special? I did. It brought out things about the history of Sanford that I was unaware of.
Reporter David Mattingly said, “You have to understand the stage before you understand the players.”
That’s so true. The history of that area reveals a deep-seated root of racial segregation and discrimination. Someone like George Zimmerman would be comfortable there as long as those he harassed and yes, murdered, were Black.
I am happy that the report brought out the make-up of the jury and how O’Mara played into their fears of Black males. I’m happy about that because it reveals Mark O’Mara’s real opinion about Trayvon Martin, thereby revealing the insincerity of O’Mara’s offer to discuss race and the judicial system.
I found the program to also be supportive of Rachel Jeantel, her testimony, and her credibility. Read the rest of this entry