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    Zimmerman Shooter Claims Self-Defense

    Zimmerman Shooter Claims Self-Defense

    Tells press “This is your opportunity to get out of my face right now.”

    So this should be interesting:

    Matthew Apperson, the man who yesterday fired a bullet at George Zimmerman’s head and missed, is now claiming through his lawyer, Mark NeJame, that he did so in self-defense in response to Zimmerman brandishing a gun at him.

    Florida news station WFTV is also reporting that Apperson has a history at least six arrests in Seminole County alone, including twice for DUI in 2000 (once found guilty of DUI, once found guilty of reduced charge of reckless driving-alcohol related), twice for drug possession in 1995 and 1998 (cannabis < 20 grams), once for trespassing, as well as being adjudicated guilty for other charges, such as driving with a revoked license.

    As might be expected with such a plethora of charges, Apperson is also a multiple probation violator.

    It will be interesting to see how Apperson will argue self-defense in court without having to testify personally, which would seem necessary absent any witnesses to support his claim that he fired at Zimmerman only when Zimmerman brandished a gun at him.

    Also interesting will be Apperson’s explanation of how he was able to observe Zimmerman’s alleged brandishing through the heavily tinted window of Zimmerman’s SUV.

    George Zimmerman SUV bullet hole 5-11-15

    Whatever explanation Apperson may seek to personally communicate, his criminal history will certainly be used to attack his credibility.

    Apperson’s interaction yesterday with WFTV news reporter Mario Boone also doesn’t exactly suggest the coolest of demeanors. Boone reports that when asked for comment outside of the Lake Mary Police Department, Apperson responded aggressively, blowing cigarette (?) smoke at the reporter and forcefully stating: “This is your opportunity to get out of my face right now.”

    On the plus side, Apperson has both his mother and wife speaking favorably of him in public.

    As of this reporting, neither Zimmerman nor Apperson has been arrested or charged.

    Here’s the statement made to the press by Apperson’s lawyer, Mark NeJame. It basically repeats the claim of self-defense, then defers all substantive questions to the “investigation,” stating to the gathered press: “The manner of mode in which [Apperson] acted in self-defense, I’m not going to get into at this time.” (Source: WFTV.)

    And here’s the press statement from the St. Mary Police Department, again rather light on substantive detail, from WFTV:

    So far, at least, it’s only been Zimmerman who provided any substantive details of what occurred through his attorney Don West (who was also co-counsel in Zimmerman’s murder trial following Zimmerman’s self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin). Don is quoted by WESH news as saying:

    “Law enforcement will do their job. They’ll decide what charges to file. I’m confident George will not be charged. It doesn’t surprise me this fellow would say (that) George waived a gun or did something. He’s in a lot of trouble. That’s a very serious crime. You know, the circumstances would suggest that if he didn’t want to kill him, he certainly didn’t care if he did.”

    West said Zimmerman had recently moved out of Florida was in town for Mother’s Day. He was on his way to a doctor’s appointment before the alleged shooting.

    “George was driving down the road on Lake Mary Boulevard. This guy was sort of following him and flashing lights and such. (Zimmerman) decided to get away from him, decided to make a U-turn. And this guy made a U-turn right behind him and then pulled up alongside him and shot at him.”

    Here’s some video of West addressing these points, again from WESH news:

    Guess we’ll have to wait to see how things unfold.

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    Just hours after this happened yesterday, Ragspierre warned,

    I hope you’re steeling yourself for the new vomiting of SYG nonsense from the Mushroom Media around this, Andrew…

    You know it’s coming. You know it is…

    And… boom! 🙂

    BrokeGopher | May 12, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    My prediction: Apperson will be charged with attempted murder or some lesser derivation. If it goes to trial, he will be convicted. I don’t see how a self-defense claim can stand, especially if he doesn’t testify. It will be interesting if Zimmerman is called as a witness.

      Char Char Binks in reply to BrokeGopher. | May 12, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      I agree, but I don’t see how he could avoid an attempted murder 1 charge, unless there’s some evidence I don’t know of (there always is, of course).

      MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to BrokeGopher. | May 12, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Who is the prosecutor in Lake Mary?
      My understanding is that the police in Lake Mary don’t like George. Can the prosecutor act if they don’t give him anything?

        Milhouse in reply to MouseTheLuckyDog. | May 12, 2015 at 2:39 pm

        This. And if the local police don’t like him, odds are the local prosecutor doesn’t either, and will either punt the case or intentionally flub it.

          Gremlin1974 in reply to Milhouse. | May 12, 2015 at 5:57 pm

          The prosecutor is still the same one that declined to charge Zimmerman in the TM case.

          MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to Milhouse. | May 12, 2015 at 7:22 pm

          No. The police “not liking” George is not because they think he is a criminal.( Sorry tried to avoid the double negative, couldn’t find a way. ) They don’t like him because they think he is a trouble magnet. He’s like qn Angel, where he goes trouble follows.

          The prosecutor doesn’t have to deal with the trouble that George generates in an intensive way.

    I totally support Matthew Apperson. From I’ve read Mr Apperson has a legitimate self defense claim.George Zimmerman is a menace to society. This was the best news I’ve heard in quite a while. Once again the hypocrisy is in full effect. The backgrounds of Trayvon Martin,Freddy Gray, Investigator Mackel are and were relevant to the cases at hand. The backgrounds of Joseph Harvey,George Zimmerman,Lieutenant Rice Theodore Wafer on the other hand weren’t or aren’t relevant to the cases at hand. #IStandWithMatthew.

      Char Char Binks in reply to m1. | May 12, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks for the chuckle of the day!

      BrokeGopher in reply to m1. | May 12, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Who I support or don’t support is always based on the evidence we have. I supported Zimmerman because there is ample evidence that he was attacked and had no choice. Wafer had very weak evidence and his claim of self-defense was weak. I did not support him. So, tell me, what evidence is there that Apperson acted in self-defense?

      Ragspierre in reply to m1. | May 12, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      “I totally support Matthew Apperson.”

      Yes. Nutbags hang together. I hope you’ll be sending him your monthly allowance for his defense fund.

      Ragspierre in reply to m1. | May 12, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      “Once again the hypocrisy is in full effect.”

      Once again, as a Collectivist troll, you just lie.

      As pertains to the LEGAL issues, Trayvon Martin’s background had very little play at trial. Conversely, Zimmerman’s DID, and was a strong factor in his acquittal.

      Again, as pertains to LEGAL issues, dead Fred’s criminal history was a factor in his arrest, Mackel’s history is relevant to his credibility and objectivity, etc., and there is no rational link to Lt. Rice’s issues years ago and anything being alleged vis dead Fred.

      But here’s your chance to go where no rational being has gone before, and tie Rice’s issues to the Gray arrest and transport.

      healthguyfsu in reply to m1. | May 12, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      How cute! You made a hashtag…be sure to show it to mom. She will be so proud of your activism.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to m1. | May 12, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      Shouldn’t that be #IFallWithMatthew 🙂

      Gremlin1974 in reply to m1. | May 12, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Humm, why am I not surprised that you support, what is increasingly looking like attempted murder, if not a full blown assassination attempt on an innocent man.

      By the way, how is the temp. in Mom’s basement today, comfortable?

    healthguyfsu | May 12, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Conspiracy alert: Andrew planned this to sell more books!

    Buy the LOSD!

    healthguyfsu | May 12, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    By the way, not to make light of this newest MSM feeding frenzy but the “face off” expression picture at the top of this article is pure gold.

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