George Zimmerman, the Florida man who claimed self-defense in the February shooting death of Trayvon Martin, made his first court appearance Thursday. Zimmerman spoke once during the proceedings, answering “Yes, sir” when Judge Mark E. Herr asked whether Mark O’Mara was his attorney.

At the hearing Judge Herr said “Zimmerman confronted Martin,” an action that’s been widely debated by lawyers on both sides.

The Orlando Sentinel has more details on the sequence of events detailed in the probable cause affidavit filed today:

However, they said in the affidavit that “Zimmerman confronted Martin,” an apparent contradiction of Zimmerman’s version of the events that led to the shooting.

The document says Trayvon’s mother identified the screams for help heard in a 911 call as those of her son. It also reveals that investigators interviewed a “friend” of Trayvon’s who was talking to him in the leadup to the shooting.

Based on the description, it appears the friend was the girl described by Martin family attorneys as his girlfriend.

“During this time, Martin was on the phone with a friend and described to her what was happening,” the affidavit said. “The witness advised that Martin was scared because he was being followed through the complex by an unknown male and didn’t know why.”

Martin tried to run home, the affidavit says, but was followed by Zimmerman. “Zimmerman got out of his vehicle and followed Martin.”

The affidavit goes on to say that “Zimmerman disregarded the police dispatcher” who told him to stop, and “continued to follow Martin who was trying to return to his home.”

Zimmerman, the affidavit says, “confronted Martin and a struggle ensued.”

Zimmerman is being held in protective custody and could face life in prison if convicted.

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