Zimmerman was just officially charged with 2nd Degree murder. A step down from the 1st degree charge the state prosecutor was seeking.
The charge was largely based on an allegation that Martin was “running home” to get away from Zimmerman. However, when comparing a map of the complex to a timeline of the events, it appears that Martin made absolutely no attempt to “run home.” The attack on George Zimmerman occurred less than .1 mile from the apartment of Martin’s father’s girlfriend, where Martin was staying. Trayvon Martin had more than enough time to run home before Zimmerman’s 911 call even ended.
Skeptics believe the charges against Zimmerman are primarily motivated by a desire to keep black people from rioting in the main tourism region of Florida.
During this time, Martin was on the phone with a friend and described to her what was happening. The witness advised that Martin was scared because he was being followed through the complex by and unknown male and didn’t know why. Martin attempted to run home but was followed by Zimmerman who didn’t want the person he falsely assumed was going to commit a crime to get away before the police arrived. Zimmerman got out of his vehicle and followed Martin. When the police dispatcher realized Zimmerman was pursuing Martin, he instructed Zimmerman not to do that and that the responding officer would meet him. Zimmerman disregarded the police dispatcher and continued to follow Martin.