George Zimmerman’s Attorney Mark O’Mara Won’t Use “Stand Your Ground” Defense … Instead will Use “Self Defense” in Death of Trayvon Martin
Mark O’Mara, the defense attorney for George Zimmerman who has been charged with the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin, stated that he will not use the “Stand Your Ground” defense. O’Mara said, “I don’t’ like ‘stand your ground’ because I’m not sure it’s a ‘stand your ground’ case.” Zimmerman’s defense team seems to think that the traditional “self defense” is is appropriate because the facts suggest his client couldn’t retreat from a beating Martin was giving him. The facts that have been released to the media seem to agree with O’Mara’s defense; however, facts and evidence have been hardly the order of the day in this highly controversial case where racial fires have been fanned by the MSM and the usual race-baiters.
Mark O’Mara, who is defending George Zimmerman against a second-degree murder charge in the fatal February shooting, said the traditional self-defense approach is appropriate because the facts suggest his client couldn’t retreat from a beating Martin was giving him.
Zimmerman’s attorneys had said last week that they would use Florida’s controverial “stand your ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force – rather than retreat – if they believe their lives are in danger.
“The facts don’t seem to support a ‘stand your ground’ defense,” O’Mara said.
Zimmerman’s defense team is also filing an appeal to remove Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester from the case. Defense attorney O’Mara believes that his client cannot get a fair trial with Lester because of comments that Lester has made against Zimmerman.
Lawyers for George Zimmerman, the Florida man charged with murder in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, said Monday that they are appealing a judge’s decision not to step aside in the controversial case.
In a one-sentence order issued August 1, Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said that defense lawyers’ July request that he recuse himself was “legally insufficient.”
The same team announced Monday on a website they’ve set up that they’d since filed a petition for writ of prohibition asking Florida’s fifth district appeals court to try to remove Lester from the case. The office of lawyer Mark O’Mara later confirmed to CNN that the appeal was filed Monday.