Meet the key figures in the trial of George Zimmerman
Key figures in the trial of George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the 2012 slaying of Trayvon Martin, range from Zimmerman himself to an no-nonsense judge who's not afraid shut down attorneys. This is a look at some of them. - Tina Susman, The Los Angeles Times
George Zimmerman, 29, was a self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer at his Sanford gated community when he fatally shot Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman is of white and Latino heritage -- his mother is Peruvian -- something friends and relatives have cited to rebut allegations that he racially profiled Martin, who was black.
Zimmerman had a legal permit to carry the gun he used on Martin, and he said he fired in self-defense after Martin attacked him and repeatedly pounded his head into the ground. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1-million bail. He faces 25 years to life if convicted.
Zimmerman's initial bail after his arrest in April 2012 was $150,000. It was raised after prosecutors accused Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, of lying about how much money they had to win a low bail. A judge agreed, accused Zimmerman of planning to use hidden funds to flee, and increased the bail in July. Shellie Zimmerman was charged with perjury stemming from the bail issue. The Zimmermans left the housing complex where the shooting occurred and are living in a secret location arranged by the defense team.