Police in the southern Russian region of Dagestan say a female suicide bomber has injured at least 11 police officers and civilians.More >>
A female suicide bomber blew herself up in the southern Russian region of Dagestan on Saturday, injuring at least 18, including two children and five police officers, authorities said. The attacker was later identified as a...More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:09:56 GMT
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation. On Thursday, more than 60-percent of the Boy Scouts of America's 14-hundred-members voted for theMore >>
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation.More >>
SANFORD, FL (RNN) - Defense attorneys for George Zimmerman will pursue a "Stand Your Ground" hearing in hopes of freeing the former neighborhood watch captain on second degree murder charges.
The outcome of the hearing will be decided by a judge without a jury present. Prosecutors said the hearing will function as a "mini-trial," and focus on whether Zimmerman, 28, reasonably believed he was in imminent danger at the hands of Trayvon Martin, 17.
Police on the scene declined to arrest Zimmerman after he admitted to shooting and killing Martin in February because they said evidence on the scene was consistent with a claim of self-defense.
Defense attorneys expect a "Stand Your Ground" hearing won't take place for several months.
"Preparing for the 'Stand Your Ground' hearing will require the same time and resources that would be necessary to prepare for trial," defense attorneys said in a press release. "It will take time to collect and submit reciprocal discovery, depose witnesses and experts and identify evidence to be submitted during the hearing."
Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law was passed in 2005. Most similar laws allow the use of deadly force when a person feels his or her life is in danger. However, Florida's law takes it a step further and allows deadly force to be used whenever a person feels his or her life is in danger - in public or private settings.
The law states specifically that "A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself."
However, the law's authors have said the law wouldn't apply to the Zimmerman case, since 911 recordings from the scene indicate he was following Martin before Zimmerman shot him.
Zimmerman has adamantly denied following Martin. Instead, he said he got out of his car to figure out what address he was at for the police dispatcher.
If a judge finds the "Stand Your Ground" defense credible, all "reasonable" court costs and attorneys fees will be reimbursed to Zimmerman. He will also receive compensation for lost income and be immune to further prosecution in the case.
If convicted, he could face life in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
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Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>
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