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Updated: 7/10/2013 11:12 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Action News is getting your questions answered about how George Zimmerman's defense attorney will prepare the case.

George Zimmerman sits in a Seminole County jail cell after facing a judge for the first time since his arrest. He was led into the courtroom Thursday in shackles where he pleaded not guilty to the murder of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman will be arraigned on second degree murder charges at the end of May.

In the meanwhile, his attorney will try to get him bonded out of jail. We're also hearing exactly why Zimmerman was charged. The probable cause affidavit details an interview with Trayvon's friend, presumably his girlfriend, who was on the phone with him before the shooting. Documents show Martin told the friend he was being followed and was scared.

The report says Martin tried to run home but Zimmerman got out of his truck and followed him, disregarding the 911 dispatcher who told him not to. The affidavit also says Martin's mother identified screams in the background of a 9-1-1 call as her son's.

George Zimmerman's lawyer was by his side in court Thursday. Mark O'Mara barely knows his client. He was hired the day Zimmerman was arrested. So he's still trying to figure out exactly what happened the night Trayvon martin was killed.

"He's going to have a tough road," said Mitch Stone. Stone isn't working on Zimmerman's case, but he's watched it closely. A former prosecutor, now defense lawyer, Stone had three stand your ground cases against State Attorney Angela Corey's office. He won one of them.

From experience, Stone knows certain evidence will be key. "The trajectory of the bullet, where it was fired, where powder was located and Zimmerman's injuries."
Stone says the big thing is to get all the evidence in the order it happened. "The first order is to see who started the conflict. I don't think by following Martin that means he started it," said Stone.

Even the smallest of details can make a difference and forensic evidence can be hard to argue against if it doesn't match what Zimmerman says happened that night. "If Zimmerman started the fight, they'll have a hard time using stand your ground defense," said Stone.

Zimmerman's attorney says the state will pay for his defense.

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fanatic12345 - 4/13/2012 4:19 PM
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This not a BLACK OR WHITE it's about Justice come on people, yes be real this could happen to your family or my family instead of saying negative things and pointing the finger PLEASE PRAY for both family's they both need support.

mlombar17 - 4/13/2012 4:01 PM
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Simmer down's unwise to speak on matters that you're clearly uneducated in. All races/walks of life can be quick to blame their problems on's not just African-Amercians. You act like YOU had a hand in race equality. Stop the hate and go read a book.

nativejax - 4/13/2012 3:25 PM
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BECAUSE RFM2009, they do not want him to be seen as the thug he was becoming...they ALL stand together when they fail their own...and blame it on us, slavery, repression, anyone but themselves.. WHICH WE KNOW ARE ALL EXCUSES TODAY IN THE 21ST CENTURY, WHERE WAS THE MOTHER THE NIGHT THIS HAPPENED? SHE WAS NOT THERE. She dumped him off at a relatives house because she could not handle him...she now claims the shooting was an 'accident'? She must be guilt ridden, not because her son is gone, but because she wasn't being a 'MOTHER' to a 17 year old boy who was starting to get into trouble...easier to start a hate war than look in the mirror.

EZZZE - 4/13/2012 12:34 PM
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Watching the vidio with the black panther leader, all i hear is the black people are still being held back and we need justice. This is such bull crap. This country has spent TRILLIONS of dollars on black people since they were slaves, there is NO other country that has done more for the black people than the U.S.A. So what the H*ll do you want from us? Get you butt on a plane and go to another country and see if you get Welfare, Food Stamps, Housing, and i could go on and on but you get the point, now get out and get a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RFM2009 - 4/13/2012 6:44 AM
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True JUSTICE must prevail. All the talking heads are yapping about Martin's "rights" - What about Zimmerman's "rights"? Further, why is it that nobody, not the school Martin attended, not his family, not anyone has furnished an up to date accurate photo of the six foot 200lb+ football player? Instead, we see Zimmerman being tried, convicted and crucified in the media while at the same time, Martin is portrayed as an innocent looking youth. Enough BIAS already! Are the authorities that intimidated by Al Sharpton and Jess Jackson? Zimmerman is guaranteed a FAIR TRIAL by the US Constitution. Further, I fear Angela Cory could very well wind up another victim in this awful saga. Either way the case goes, a large segment of our society will be unhappy.

jimmyc16 - 4/12/2012 11:26 PM
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We do not know exactly how this tragedy unfolded. Hopefully, our justice system will do what it is supposed to do. Personally I wish we could drop all the attacks on each other..I have seen so many disparaging remarks from commentors on the early report. I love our city, and it is OUR city. Please pray the system works in the way our citizens deserve. My heart aches for the parents and families of all involved. May GOD console and ease your pain and grief. jimmyjag
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