To the Editor:
After reading Rhea Belden’s take on the trial of George Zimmerman I have to wonder where she was when the incident took place. Her letter speaks of facts that were not brought out about George Zimmerman and she states, “If the jury had not had their hands tied with only the facts they were allowed to use, Zimmerman would have been given a different verdict.”
As one who followed the trial I felt facts pertaining to Trayvon Martin were withheld and that the prosecution did their very best to make Mr. Zimmerman out to be something that everyone who knew him disagreed with.
Without being there I must ask Ms. Belden how did she come up with saying Trayvon Martin was terrified or that he was fighting for his life. Trayvon Martin’s past was not that of a person who was terrified easily. According to his school records he was a bully, drug user and thief found with burglars tools and woman’s jewelry to name a few. He was sent to his father because his mother couldn’t handle him and he was thrown out of school. On the night he was killed walking home with Skittles he was more than two blocks away from the store and his home begging the question, what was he doing walking through Zimmerman’s complex.
Unlike Ms. Belden I have a real problem drawing conclusions about Mr. Zimmerman’s actions! I have sat through many courts decisions and have seen what I thought were unjust one way or the other. This being said when a jury sits those on it are supposed to make decisions based on law not conjecture! The only witness to the whole confrontation in this case was George Zimmerman. He told the police Trayvon Martin was on top of him and was trying to get at the gun he was carrying in a legal manner. Given Trayvon Martin’s history of agitating and beating up people I can’t call Mr. Zimmerman a liar. This with the fact that Mr. Zimmerman had his head banged on concrete at least twice, coupled with a broken nose, is evidence he was on the bottom as he stated and the prosecution tried very hard to say the opposite until the last days of the trial.