20 April, 2012

CNN Breaking News

A Florida judge today set bond at $150,000 for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder after the case sparked a heated, national debate over racial profiling and saw thousands of protesters demand Zimmerman's arrest.

Martin's family contends Zimmerman racially profiled their son, who was walking back from a convenience store in Sanford, Florida, when he was killed on February 26. Zimmerman was charged on April 11.

Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, maintains he acted in self-defense. His family says he did not profile Martin.

The case has also stirred debate over Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force when they feel a reasonable threat of death or serious injury.

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