Trayvon Martin's death is top story in Florida for 2012

Published On: Dec 28 2012 06:29:46 AM EST

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February 26: Trayvon Martin was shot and killed during a violent encounter with security guard George Zimmerman. Zimmerman had visible injuries and claimed he was acting in self-defense when he shot Martin. On April 11, Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder.


Trayvon Martin's shooting death is Florida's top story of 2012.

Newspaper editors picked Martin's death as the state's top story in a poll conducted by The Associated Press.

Florida's voting woes finished second.

The shooting of Martin by an armed neighborhood watch captain in the central Florida city of Sanford raised questions about race, gun control and equal justice under the law.

A 44-day delay in the neighborhood watch captain's arrest led to nationwide protests, and everyone from President Obama to celebrities weighed in on the shooting.

The former neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense. His trial is set for the middle of next year.

Zimmerman also has recently come under fire for allegedly not paying for his security team after the shooting. The security company is suing him for $40,000 in unpaid wages, according to the lawsuit.


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