Originally Posted by BroncoInferno
Not if Martin was himself in self-defense mode. Remember, it was Zimmerman who was armed and initiated the pursuit of Martin. As I said earlier, by that logic, a mugger who has the tables turned on him by his victim could then shoot that victim and claim self-defense.
This pretty much sums it up, and we don't really know what happened. This is why all the claims that an investigation and trial are unwarranted are totally bogus.
Pretty much legalizes murder under the "stand your ground" law if we don't suss out the facts through the legal system.
Cop: So, you followed this guy and he ended up dead -- shot by you
Assailant: Well, he looked like he had a gun/he punched me/etc. so I was just defending myself!
Sane Person: Yeah, but you were the one who instigated the confrontation...