Trayvon Martin Case Summary

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On February 26,2012, a seventeen year old by the name of Trayvon Martin was walking home from the store. As he was headed home a man spotted him from his window his name was George Zimmerman. Zimmerman called the cops and told them it was a suspicious guy walking through the neighborhood. Trayvon was wearing a hoodie he was slowly walking because of the rain and he was black. Zimmerman then told the police that Trayvon was looking around at all the houses and hes looking at him. The dispatcher that they were going to send an officer over. Zimmerman became impatient he went outside and started following Trayvon. Trayvon who was on the phone with his friend told her "that there was a man walking behind him" she told Trayvon to run which he did. Zimmerman who is still on the phone with the dispatcher tells them that hes running the dispatcher tells Zimmerman to not chase him but Zimmerman does. Zimmerman chases him down and Trayvon confronts him. "Why are you following me" Zimmerman asks Trayvon " What are you doing around here" Based on the reports there were two different stories. Next thing that happened Trayvon and Zimmerman were tassling on the ground. Zimmerman than shots Trayvon which a neighbor witness. Zimmerman says it was in self defense. An officer arrived at the scene in less than a few minutes where he seen Zimmerman standing by Trayvon 's body. Trayvon…show more content…
The case later turned to federal because of the circumstances. The federal investigation was opened and conducted separately from the state of Florida’s investigation of the shooting under local laws. Once the state initiated the second-degree murder prosecution, federal investigators began monitoring the state’s case and halted active investigation in order not to interfere with the state’s trial. Federal investigators provided reports of interviews and other evidence they obtained to the state’s prosecution
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