Trayvon Martin

The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman took place on the night of February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida in the United States. Martin was an unarmed 17-year-old African American high school student. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old Hispanic American, was the neighbourhood watch co-ordinator for the gated community where Martin was temporarily staying and where the shooting took place. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder on July 13 triggering protests against racial profiling across America and calls for a federal civil rights prosecution.

Zimmerman homeless two years after shooting teenager Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted last year of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin, says he's homeless, jobless and struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Tuesday, 18 February, 2014, 7:05am

Florida juror says Zimmerman got away with murder

ABC reporter Robin Roberts (left) interviews Juror B29, the only minority juror from the George Zimmerman trial, along with her lawyer David Chico in New York. Photo: Reuters

A juror said in an interview made available on Thursday that she feels neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman got away with murder for fatally shooting unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, but that there wasn’t enough evidence at trial to convict him under Florida law.

26 Jul 2013 - 4:12pm

Jay Z and Beyonce join US protests over Trayvon Martin verdict

Celebrities Jay-Z (left) and Beyonce made surprise appearances at a Trayvon Martin rally in New York. Photo: Reuters

Superstar couple Jay Z and Beyonce joined protesters across the United States on Saturday amid simmering anger over a not-guilty verdict in the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin.

A call for nationwide vigils designed to press for federal action in the emotionally charged case drew thousands to one New York rally.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Trayvon Martin could have been me, says Barack Obama in stirring speech

Obama pauses as he speaks at the White House about the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. Photo: AP

"Wow" is what Joseph Jones, the president of the Centre for Urban Families in Baltimore, said after watching US President Barack Obama's unexpected and deeply personal plea on race and crime on Friday. Like many African-Americans, Jones felt a surge of pride, recognition and hope when he heard the first African-American president speak so candidly about race relations in the US.

21 Jul 2013 - 9:28am 10 comments

How they see it

George Zimmerman. Photo: AP

1. Orlando Sentinel

21 Jul 2013 - 3:24am

Holder urges rethink on US self-defence laws

Attorney General Eric Holder, says laws must reduce violence

US Attorney General Eric Holder has called for a rethink of "stand-your-ground" laws following the acquittal of a neighbourhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager.

18 Jul 2013 - 4:09am

Zimmerman case shows danger of gun-toting citizen law enforcers

Protest against the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Photo: Reuters

Protests across the US that erupted in the wake of a Florida jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman over the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin have largely focused on race.

17 Jul 2013 - 4:42am

Zimmerman jury evenly split at first, juror says

George Zimmerman, right, is congratulated by his defence team after being found not guilty. Photo: AP

A juror from the trial of Florida neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman for the death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin said the six-woman panel was sharply divided when deliberations began.

17 Jul 2013 - 2:29am

Skittles the symbol of dead teen Trayvon Martin's innocence

Keisha Martin-Hall holds a bag of Skittles as she protests in New York on Sunday against Zimmerman's acquittal.Photo: Reuters

About the only thing that everyone agrees on is what Trayvon Martin was carrying when he died. There were his clothes, including a black hooded top with a badge pinned to it showing a picture of his dead cousin. There was his cellphone, on which he had been talking to a friend. In his pockets were a cigarette lighter, some earphones, a can of Arizona watermelon fruit juice cocktail, a little over US$40 in cash, a bag of Skittles he had just bought from a nearby 7-Eleven, and no weapon of any kind.

17 Jul 2013 - 2:29am

Zimmerman keen to go to law school to help those wrongly accused

George Zimmerman smiles after hearing the verdict. Photo: AP

After his acquittal on murder charges, George Zimmerman may go to law school so he can help people wrongly accused of crimes like himself, friends said. After he was found not guilty of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin, one of the first calls Zimmerman, 29, made was to defence witness John Donnelly and his wife Leanne Benjamin.

16 Jul 2013 - 2:02am

Thousands march across US against not guilty verdict for Zimmerman

Police confront demonstrators trying to block traffic on a freeway in Los Angeles on Sunday in protest against the verdict. Photo: Reuters

Thousands protested across the United States on Sunday against the acquittal of neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman, a day after his trial for killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin ended in Florida.

16 Jul 2013 - 10:39am

Civil rights case urged after acquittal over Trayvon Martin killing

Thousands of protesters in Times Square, New York, call for federal authorities to pursue a civil rights action against George Zimmerman after his acquittal over the killing of Trayvon Martin. Photo: Reuters

The acquittal of George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watchman cleared of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin, spurred new calls for a federal civil rights prosecution and suggestions that the youth's family may bring a lawsuit.

16 Jul 2013 - 4:30am 1 comment

George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict sparks protests in US

People hold photos of Trayvon Martin at a rally honoring him. Photo: AFP

Angry protesters marched in US cities after George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer, was found not guilty by a Florida jury in the shooting death last year of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager.

16 Jul 2013 - 3:28am 1 comment

Not guilty verdict sets Zimmerman free but divides community

Defendant George Zimmerman listens impassively as the not-guilty verdict is delivered. Photo: Reuters

Before the jury in the George Zimmerman murder case brought back its verdict, the judge warned those in the court against any untoward displays of emotion or outbursts.

15 Jul 2013 - 4:38am 3 comments

Defence backed over shooting of Trayvon Martin

A graphic reconstruction of the killing shown at the trial.Photo: AFP

A forensic expert has backed George Zimmerman's account of his fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, testifying in the neighbourhood watchman's US murder trial that evidence showed he was under the unarmed black teenager when he fired his gun.

11 Jul 2013 - 3:01am