Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman appeared in court last Thursday on a second degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Judge Mark E. Herr found probable cause to proceed with the case. Arraignment will be held on May 29 before another judge.
The prosecutors must prove Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin was an act of hatred or ill will and discredit his story that he shot Martin to protect himself while patrolling his gated community in the Orlando suburb of Sanford.
Zimmerman’s lawyers only have to prove by a preponderance of evidence, in legal terms this is a low standard of evidence, that he acted in self-defense at a pretrial hearing to prevent the case from going to trial.
Currently, Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara filed paper work to get Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler off the case.
Recksiedler’s husband is the law partner of a CNN legal analyst who first was approached to represent Zimmerman.