Atty: Zimmerman bail hearing next week - New York News

Atty: Zimmerman bail hearing next week

Posted: Updated:
  • 911 CallsMore>>

  • 911 calls released in Sanford shooting

    911 calls released in Sanford shooting

    Wednesday, April 11 2012 9:52 AM EDT2012-04-11 13:52:36 GMT
    Sanford Police have released the 911 calls placed on the night of a fatal shooting which took the life of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
    Sanford Police have released the 911 calls placed on the night of a fatal shooting which took the life of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
  • Exclusive InterviewMore>>

  • Robert Zimmerman interview

    Robert Zimmerman interview

    For the first time since that fateful night on February 26, the father of a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager sat down for a television interview.
    For the first time since that fateful night on February 26, the father of a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager sat down for a television interview.

George Zimmerman made his initial appearance in a Seminole County court on Thursday for his second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman has hired Orlando attorney Mark O'Mara, who has a 27-year career as a Florida defense attorney and was a familiar face on television last summer as a legal expert in the Casey Anthony trial.

O'Mara stood next to Zimmerman at Zimmerman's court appearance, asking that certain records related to his case be sealed.

Attorneys described the 56-year-old O'Mara as self-effacing and reserved. When asked why he took the case, he said simply, "It's what I do."

O'Mara grew up in New York City and moved with his family to Florida after he graduated high school and his father retired.

George Zimmerman's father, Robert, told FOX 35 that it was his son's decision to hire O'Mara. He says his son's emotions, and those of the whole family, have been unsettled.

As George Zimmerman sat behind bars on Thursday, O'Mara held a news conference where he spoke about the sorrow his client feels for Trayvon Martin's parents.

"That really needs to be communicated to those who deserve it the most and that's the Martin family. "

O'Mara described how exhausting it has been for Zimmerman.

"Well he's tired, you know. It's been a very long period of time for him, and he's gone through some tribulations of his own, being the focus of the intensity of this event."

Zimmerman pleaded not guilty to the murder charges, arguing all along that it was self defense.

"He's facing second-degree murder charges now. He's frightened, that would frighten any one of us, but I am not concerned as others may have been before me of his focus. He wants, he's glad the process is in place."

O'Mara said this case can now play out in court the way it should be, "My concern before I was involved in the case was that this matter was being handled in a piecemeal fashion."

Trayvon Martin's supporters fought for weeks to win an arrest after the 17-year-old was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida.  Now, O'Mara has begun what could be a lengthy legal battle to free his client from the second-degree murder charge filed in the case.  The first step will be to try to get his client out of jail while the legal process continues.  A bail hearing has been scheduled for next week.

"I hope to have him released on bond, but at that time, I hope a place for him to be safe," said O'Mara.

Zimmerman is expected to be back before a judge on May 29.
 

  • Photos of Casey Anthony

  • Click here to see photos of Casey Anthony through the months.
  • Trayvon Martin Coverage

  • Click here for stories, photos and 911 calls from the Trayvon Martin case.

Follow us on Pinterest

 

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:27 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:27:36 GMT
    Two deputy U.S. marshals and an NYPD detective are expected to recover after they were seriously wounded in a shootout with a fugitive sexual assault suspect in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened in smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street.


    Two deputy U.S. marshals and an NYPD detective are expected to recover after they were seriously wounded in a shootout with a fugitive sexual assault suspect in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened in smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street.

  • Report: Connecticut averages 14 domestic homicides a year

    Report: Connecticut averages 14 domestic homicides a year

    A new report shows Connecticut each year averages about 14 homicides committed by intimate partners. The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic violence examined deaths that occurred between 2000 and 2012. Between those years, there were 162 female victims and 26 male victims. Most of the perpetrators, 166, were male, 166. Twenty-two were female.
    A new report shows Connecticut each year averages about 14 homicides committed by intimate partners. The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic violence examined deaths that occurred between 2000 and 2012. Between those years, there were 162 female victims and 26 male victims. Most of the perpetrators, 166, were male, 166. Twenty-two were female.
  • Former swim coach pleads guilty to sex assault

    Former swim coach pleads guilty to sex assault

    A former swim coach and math teacher at Staples High School in Westport has pleaded guilty to raping two pre-teen girls. The Connecticut Post reports that 44-year-old Jeffrey Schare pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree sexual assault and other charges. He faces eight years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 3. Police say the assaults took place over a three-year period.
    A former swim coach and math teacher at Staples High School in Westport has pleaded guilty to raping two pre-teen girls. The Connecticut Post reports that 44-year-old Jeffrey Schare pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree sexual assault and other charges. He faces eight years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 3. Police say the assaults took place over a three-year period.

FOX 35 Weather Authority

Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices