SLATE: George Zimmerman Won’t Use “Stand Your Ground” Defense

Source: Elizabeth Hewitt / Slate

It looks like George Zimmerman won’t use the much-debated “stand your ground” defense after all.

Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, said Monday that he will instead likely try to use a traditional self-defense argument to have the second-degree murder charge against his client dismissed, the Associated Press reports.

Last week, the defense team suggested that they would seek a dismissal under the “stand your ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force instead of retreating if they believe their lives are in danger. The controversial law played a key role in the police’s initial decision not to prosecute Zimmerman for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin earlier this year, and likewise the law drew generated considerable public debate and press coverage.

But O’Mara said Monday that after a closer look at the case a more traditional self-defense argument likely makes more sense in this case because he says the evidence suggests Zimmerman didn’t have the option of retreating from the beating he was receiving from Martin.

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