Originally Posted by DD2011
Seems entirely simple to me, but we tend to make it complex with proceedings and hashing out irrelevant details lol. Zimmerman fully admitted on tape that he was chasing Martin -- the shooting wouldn't have happened had he not been chasing him like he wasn't supposed to be doing in the first place. Zimmerman is clearly and simply at fault on this one no matter how complex it gets at the trial lol imo.
Irrelevance, DD2011? Obviously you find the evidence for the chase very much relevant (as do I!) And you have misrepresented Zimmerman's information to police dispatch, by calling it a 'full admission' he was chasing Martin, simply because the Watch Captain was instructed by police to not do this (chase), and from the cessation of banging and heavy breathing we know he ended his fast pursuit after 32 seconds, complying with police instruction.
We do not know (with proven certainty) what he did between that moment (breaking off pursuit) and the shooting (1-2 minutes later). Could be he walked back and forth between nearest streetsign and his SUV (Defense position). Could be he continued to follow at slower pace, until he killed Martin (SA Angela Corey's position). Lacking conclusive forensic evidence either way, eyewitnesses
will become crucial during trial. And the question 'Was Zimmerman chasing/following Trayvon Martin just prior to the fatal altercation' will decide his freedom, or going down for M2.
edit: I add that a hotdog prosecutor like Corey wouldn't go into such a trial UNLESS she had sumtin up her sleeve, like additional eyewitnesses contradicting Zimmerman's story!