There are two important court dates to keep in mind in the Trayvon Martin case. The first is April 22, when an important hearing is scheduled to determine whether George Zimmerman is immune to prosecution due to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. At the hearing, Zimmerman’s legal team will have to convince the judge of three things:
- Zimmerman was not engaged in unlawful activity.
- Zimmerman was attacked in a place where he had a right to be.
- Zimmerman had the reasonable belief that his life and safety were in danger as a result of an overt act or perceived threat committed by Martin.
If Zimmerman’s attorneys successfully make their case in front of a judge, he can walk free. But if they don’t, he’ll have to stand trial on second degree murder charges.
The trial date has been set for June 10. Zimmerman’s attorneys are pushing for a delay, mostly because they’re in dire need of cash. Zimmerman has raised — and spent — over $300,000 in donations over the past year. But his lawyer recently filed court documents asking that his client be declared indigent and thus eligible for the public to foot his legal bills.