George Zimmerman Trial: Experts Say Self-Defense Claim is Solid

Among the strongest evidence in George Zimmerman's defense may be…

Among the strongest evidence in George Zimmerman’s defense may be Zimmerman himself, several experts say – in part, because it may prove difficult for prosecutors to refute his claim that he killed Trayvon Martin in self defense.

A former neighborhood watch captain, Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of the teen during an altercation in February 2012 in Sanford, Fla. His case is set to go to trial Monday, June 10.

“There’s only two people who know exactly what happened, and one of them is no longer alive,” said Florida criminal defense attorney Brian Tannebaum, president of the Florida Association of Bar Defense Lawyers and past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “It’s a hard burden when Zimmerman is going to say, ‘Listen, I was in fear, I got into a fight with this kid, I didn’t know him, I didn’t know what he was going to do.’ What is out there to dispute what he’s saying? That’s the difficult part.”

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