George-Zimmerman-first-court-appearance-1As jury selection continues in the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman trial, now is as good a time as any to remind ourselves of the evidence in the case released and available on, as well as video of the pre-trial hearings.

Please take a few minutes to watch George Zimmerman’s first court hearing on 4/12/2012 below–a day after he turned himself in to face second-degree murder charges.

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman made his first court appearance Thursday on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, as a court document provided new details on the prosecution’s case.

During the brief appearance, Zimmerman stood up straight, looked straight ahead and wore a gray prison jumpsuit. He spoke only to answer “Yes, sir,” twice after he was asked basic questions about the charge against him and his attorney.

His hair was shaved down to stubble and he had a thin goatee, which appeared consistent with his booking photo from the day before. He had resurfaced Wednesday to turn himself in after weeks in hiding.

Judge Mark E. Herr said he found probable cause to move ahead with the case and that an arraignment would be held on May 29 before another judge. At a press conference following the court appearance, Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara said he will seek a bond hearing “in the next few weeks.” Zimmerman is expected to enter a not guilty plea. O’Mara said he was working on finding a place Zimmerman could safely stay if he is released before trial.

The affidavit of probable cause prepared by prosecutors shed some light on why they chose to charge Zimmerman. The Orlando Sentinel said it had obtained a copy before it was expected to be filed with the courthouse.
Source: CBS

Defense Attorney Mark O’Mara responds to Zimmerman’s arrest and appearance in court:

Trayvon’s parents respond to Zimmerman’s arrest and appearance in court: