Racial issues aside - there are some glaring items about this matter involving the killing of young Trayvon Martin. Mainly, that Mr. Zimmerman made some BIG mistakes, some very BAD CHOICES.
His first BAD CHOICE was to carry a weapon for his "duty" as part of neighborhood watch. (He was not in downtown Baghdad.)
His second BAD CHOICE was to disobey the instructions of the 911 dispatcher.
His third BAD CHOICE was to follow or pursue Mr. Martin.
His fourth BAD CHOICE was to shoot Mr. Martin.
All of these BAD CHOICES point in the direction of premeditated murder.
The doctrine of self-defense falls apart if Party A pursues Party B. It is overt aggression if the "intended victim" pursues the "intended assailant," instead of running like hell in the opposite direction.
Also, the "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida is meaningless in this matter, because Mr. Zimmerman made the BAD CHOICE of ignoring the 911 dispatcher's advice to stay put. Instead of doing that, Mr. Zimmerman made the BAD CHOICE to follow and confront Trayvon Martin.
Various news accounts mentioned: "Mr. Zimmerman trying to get hired as a police officer, for several years." One must ask, how far did he get in the selection process?
Almost all police departments require a psychological profile of applicants suitable for interview. If Mr. Zimmerman did not pass that profile encounter, he would not be acceptable as a police officer. That means he could still get a job as a mall security guard, unless such a firm has a similar psychological screening process.
It looks like Mr. Zimmerman, apparently a cop wannabe, made a series of very BAD CHOICES.
In effect, some people have said he is a moron. At the very least, he is "reasoning impaired." The truly scary part is this: more likely than not he has a driver’s license and is registered to vote.
Now, Mr. Zimmerman should pay for his BAD CHOICES.
No matter how Mr. Zimmerman's defense attorney will try to paint the picture – if you dress a donkey in frilly clothes and a hat, it still is a donkey – more likely than not, Mr. Zimmerman’s cowardice will be apparent to any jury.
As Forrest Gump said in 1994, “Stupid is as stupid does.” That defines Mr. Zimmerman to a T.
If Mr. Zimmerman had obeyed the 911 dispatcher and stayed in his vehicle, we would not be reading and hearing about this matter, and the young Trayvon Martin would still be alive…