George Zimmerman has officially entered a “not guilty” plea in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The accused killer’s lawyer, Mike O’Mara, appeared in a Seminole County courtroom Tuesday (May 8) on Zimmeran’s behalf. He has also waved his client’s right to a speedy trial. Under Florida law, the 28-year-old would have been required to go to trial within 175 days of his arrest, unless otherwise specified.
Although Zimmerman was not at today’s arraignment, he previously turned himself in to authorities to face second-degree charges, but was freed one week later, after posting $150,000 bail. Since his release, the former neighborhood watch volunteer has been in hiding, while his lawyer continues to drum up financial support. Omara recently launched a website, Facebook and Twitter page aimed at changing Zimmerman’s public image, but a newly uncovered Myspace page has added to the notion that he is a racist. The page, which dates back to 2005, finds the Florida resident both spewing hatred towards Mexicans, and bragging about wiggling his way out of two separate legal situations.
Zimmerman maintains that he shot Marti in self-defense, a pre-trial date has been set for August 8. His trial is not expected to begin until later in the year.
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