George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman: Players


George Zimmerman – Zimmerman has been in jail since income and donor money disputes with the court came to a head. His father released a letter on his behalf pointing out that Zimerman is a Spanish-speaking Hispanic man with many black friends, and he would not discriminate based on race. Zimmerman was pursuing a criminal justice degree and had aspirations of being in law enforcement. Zimmerman has been characterized by FBI investigators as a “soft” man with “a little hero complex,” but not a racist.
player Trayvon Martin  — WildAboutTrial.com Trayvon Martin – A typical American teenager, Trayvon Martin was a tall, skinny kid whose friends called him “Slimm.” He was a good student who loved his math classes and aspired to attend college to become an engineer — he wanted to work on airplanes. His teachers remember a sweet, respectful kid; his family remembers a boy who loved football, sports, video games, R&B, reggae, rap and gospel music and who was looking forward to taking his girlfriend to the junior prom.
Shellie Zimmerman – George Zimmerman’s wife, who is also charged in connection with this case. Although Shellie was not involved in the altercation that led to Trayvon’s death, prosecutors are alleging that she lied to the court about how much money she and her husband had during his bail proceedings. She is now charged with perjury.
Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton – The parents of Trayvon Martin who seek justice in their son’s killing. Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, recently released a video on Father’s Day pleading justice for his son and for all other families who were not able spend Father’s day with their child due to senseless killings justified under controversial “stand your ground” laws. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, asserts that the screaming heard on the 911 tapes is her son in danger.
Bill Lee – Chief Lee was new to the job when Trayvon was killed. He has only been chief for ten months after a 27-year career at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department. He has since been terminated from his position after intense public outcry over his handling of Trayvon’s shooting.
Mark O’Mara – George Zimmerman’s attorney is a veteran criminal defense attorney in Florida and is no stranger to the media, having provided TV commentary on trials for years. He is well-respected in the Florida legal community as a thoughtful lawyer who works hard for his clients, follows the letter of the law and achieves good results. He’s also the current president of the Seminole County Bar Association.
Judge Debra S. Nelson - WIldABoutTrial.com Judge Debra S. Nelson – The third judge to preside over the George Zimmerman case. Judge Nelson replaces Judge Kenneth Lester after a three-judge panel of the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Florida voted 2-1 to grant defense attorney Mark O’Mara’s motion ordering Judge Lester to disqualify himself, asserting that Judge Lester had demonstrated a bias against Zimmerman, and his client would not be able to receive a fair trial. Judge Nelson was appointed Circuit Judge 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida by Governor Jeb Bush in May 1999.
player Bernie De La Rionda -WildABoutTrial.com Bernie de la Rionda – Known for being a dynamic and powerful communicator, assistant state attorney De la Rionda has been the lead counsel in several death penalty cases.
Player John Guy - WildAboutTrial.com John Guy – Guy is a homicide prosecutor and assistant state attorney. Guy gave the opening statements insisting Trayvon Martin was profiled and hunted down by Zimmerman.

State Witnesses

Player in this criminal case Chad Joseph – Friend of Trayvon Martin, son of Tracy Martin’s girlfriend.
Player in this criminal case Andrew Gaugh – The 7-Eleven clerk that sold Skittles and drink to Trayvon Martin.
Player in this criminal case Sean Noffke – 911 call dispatcher who too Zimmerman’s non emergency call.
Player in this criminal case Ramona Rumph – Communications Director for Semliniole County Sheriff’s Office
Player in this criminal case Wendy Dorival – Former neighborhood watch coordinator for the Sanford P.D.
Player in this criminal case Donald O’Brien – President of the Reatreat at Twin Lakes Home Owners Association
Player in this criminal case Sgt. Anthony Raimondo – Sanford Police officer who was the second officer to respond to the scene.
Player in this criminal case Diana Smith – Crime Scene Technician for the Sanford P.D.
Player in this criminal case Selene Bahadoor – Neighbor who witnessed the struggle outside.
Player in this criminal case Jayne Surdyka – Neighbor who heard the struggle and shooting outside.
Player in this criminal case Jeannee Manalo – Neighbor who heard the struggle and shooting outside. Her husband took photos of Zimmerman right after the incident.
Player in this criminal case Rachel Jeantell – She was also referred to as Witness 8, she was a friend of Trayvon Martin and the last person on the phone with him. This was the states star witness.
Player in this criminal case Raymond MacDonald – Manager at T-Mobile and explains the phone records of Trayvon Martin
Player in this criminal case Jenna Lauer – Neighbor who heard the screaming for help and gun shot and called 911.
Player in this criminal case Selma Mora – Neighbor who heard and saw the fight and shooting. She testified in Spanish and used an interpretor
Player in this criminal case Greg McKinney – Maintins the Retreat at Twin Lakes security cameras
Player in this criminal case Jonathan Good – Neighbor who saw the “MMA” style struggle outside.
Player in this criminal case Jonathan Manalo – Neighbor and husband of Jeannee Manalo who went outside after the incident and took photos of Zimmerman’s bloody head, flashlight on the ground and Travyon Martin’s body.
Player in this criminal case Ricardo Ayala – Sanford Police officer who was on scene and attempted to revive Trayvon Martin.
Player in this criminal case Stacey Livingston – Sanford Fireman and EMT who treated Zimmerman’s injuries on scene.
Player in this criminal case Timothy Smith – Sanford Police officer who was first to respond to the scene.
Player in this criminal case Lindzee Folgate – Physician assistant who treated Zimmerman’s injuries.
Player in this criminal case Dr. Hirotaka Nakasone – FBI audio analysis expert.
Player in this criminal case Dorris Singleton – Sanford Police officer, took Zimmerman’s statement.
Player in this criminal case Chris Serino – Sanford Police detective, case’s lead investigator
Player in this criminal case Mark Osterman – Claims that George Zimmerman is his best friend, he and his wife wrote a book on the entire incident.
Player in this criminal case Dr. Valerie Rao – Chief medical examiner, city of Jacksonville.
Player in this criminal case Kristin Benson – Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
Player in this criminal case Sonja Bolez – Melvin Seminole State College registrar.
Player in this criminal case Scott Kerns – Prince William County, Va. Police Dept.
Player in this criminal case Alexis Francisco Carter – Military attorney for the U.S. Army.
Player in this criminal case Jim Krzenski – Sanford Police administrator, ride-along program.
Player in this criminal case Scott Pleasants – Teacher of online course.
Player in this criminal case Amy Siewert – FDLE analyst in the fire arms section.
Player in this criminal case Anthony Gorgone – Crime lab analyst for the FDLE.
Player in this criminal case Sybrina Fulton – Trayvon Martin’s mother. She testified that she recognized her son Trayvon Martin as the screams heard ont he 911 tape.
Player in this criminal case Jahvaris Fulton – Brother of Trayvon Martin who heard the 911 tape and eventually thought the screaming heard was that of Travyon Martin.
Player in this criminal case Shiping Bao – Associate Medical Examiner for Seminole and Volusia county. He performed the autopsy on Trayvon Martin.

Defense Witnesses

Player in this criminal case Gladys Zimmerman – Mother of George Zimmerman. She identified her sons voice on the 911 call screams.
Player in this criminal case Jorge Meza – Uncle of George Zimmerman and sheriff deputy. He identified George Zimmerman on the 911 call screams.
Player in this criminal case Sandra Osterman – Wife of Mark Osterman and friend of George Zimmerman’s. They wrote a book together about the incident.
Player in this criminal case Mark Osterman – Claims that George Zimmerman is his best friend, he and his wife wrote a book on the entire incident.
Player in this criminal case Geri Russo – Worked with George Zimmerman at Digital Risk
Player in this criminal case Leanne Benjamin – Owns a real estate company that purchased insurance through the company Zimmerman worked for. She is married to John Donnelly
Player in this criminal case John Donnelly – Was good friends with George Zimmerman and helped him out with money, food and clothing. He is married to Leanne Benjamin.
Player in this criminal case Dorris Singleton – Sanford Police officer, took Zimmerman’s statement.
Player in this criminal case Chris Serino – Lead detective on the Zimmerman case.
Player in this criminal case Adam Pollock – Owner of Kokopelli Gym and trained George Zimmerman. His website used Zimmerman for promotion at one point and he was removed from stand early in his testimony to the state.
Player in this criminal case Tracy Martin – Father of Trayvon Martin
Player in this criminal case Billy Ray Lee Jr. – Chief of police for Sanford
Player in this criminal case Vinecnt Di Maio – Forensic Pathologist
Player in this criminal case Norton Bonaparte Jr – City Manager
Player in this criminal case Elouise Dilligard – Identified George by looking at a photo on a mobile phone after the incident. She didn’t recognize Trayvon Martin. She was sick so she testified via Facetime on an iPad.
Player in this criminal case Dennis Root – Expert witness who worked as an officer in Riviera Beach and Jupiter, and as a Martin County sheriff’s deputy. He was also a defensive tactics instructor.
Player in this criminal case Olivia Bertalan – She reported an incident where her house was burglarised by two black males. Zimmerman helped her out afterwards.
Player in this criminal case Robert Zimmerman Sr. – Father of George Zimmerman. He identified his sons voice on the 911 tape screams.
Player in this criminal case Daniel Shoemaker – Graphic artist who produced the animation that depicts the incident. The animation was allowed into the closing argument for the defense but was not entered as evidence.
Player in this criminal case Richard Connor – Computer analyst who examined Trayvon’s phone and found text messages, photos and pictures that were not on the original report. This evidence was not let into court.

A look at the jurors for George Zimmerman’s trial

06/20/2013

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The six women picked Thursday to serve on the jury in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial come from different backgrounds and they have varying knowledge about the case involving the former neighborhood watch volunteer who claims self-defense in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Here are some details they shared during two weeks of jury selection. Their names will be released sometime after the trial, which could last two weeks to a month after opening statements on Monday.

Race and ethnicity have played a prominent role in the case. While the court did not release the racial makeup of the jury, the panel appeared to reporters covering jury selection to be made up of five white women and a sixth who may be Hispanic.

Player in this criminal case B-51 – B-51 is retired, not married and doesn’t have kids. She has lived in Seminole County for nine years. She has worked in real estate and run a call center where she said she had experience resolving conflicts. When asked if Zimmerman did something wrong by following Martin instead of waiting for police, she said: “Yeah, I guess he did do something wrong.”
Player in this criminal case B-29 – B-29 recently moved to central Florida from Chicago. She enjoys watching the “Real Housewives” on television and works as a nurse on an Alzheimer’s section of a nursing home. She said she hadn’t paid much attention to the shooting. She said she has been arrested, but her case was disposed of. It’s not clear why she was arrested or exactly what happened to her case, though she said she was treated fairly. She is married and has several children. A prosecutor described her as “black or Hispanic” during jury selection.
Player in this criminal case B-76 – B-76 is a white woman who has lived in central Florida for 18 years. She manages rental properties with her husband of 30 years. She has two adult children, including one who is an attorney. She is involved with rescuing animals in her free time. During jury selection, she said she had been the victim of a nonviolent crime. “Everyone deserves a fair trial,” she said.
Player in this criminal case B-37 – B-37 is a white woman who volunteers rescuing animals. She is married to an attorney and has two adult children. She said she and her husband used to have concealed weapons permits. During the last round of questioning, she said she had an issue with the type of weapons people are allowed to carry. She also thought weapons’ training was inadequate for people seeking permits. “It should become harder,” she said.
Player in this criminal case E-6 – E-6 is a white woman who is married and has two children. She has worked in financial services and has lived in Seminole County for two years. She is active in her church and involved with her children’s school. During jury selection, she said she didn’t know the facts of the case well.
Player in this criminal case E-40 – E-40 is a white woman who works as a safety officer and recently moved to Seminole County from Iowa. She describes herself as a football fan. During jury selection, she said she had been the victim of a nonviolent crime.

Mike Schneider

Source: AP

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