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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 07:06 PM

91. Actually, there is enough evidence now to arrest Zimmerman.

He has either actually or virtually admitted to shooting Trayvon.

Whether it was justifiable homicide or not is the issue.

The stand your ground law broadens the definition of "justifiable" homicide, but it does not nullify a homicide. I think that the police should have taken Zimmerman into custody right away. He killed someone. That makes him a flight risk in my opinion.

I don't know the case law on the Florida law, but as I understand what I have read of it, it merely makes it easier to prove self-defense. It does not do away with the need to prove self-defense.

Crimes
776.012 Use of force in defense of person.—A person is justified in using force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if:
(1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony; or
(2) Under those circumstances permitted pursuant to s. 776.013.
History.—s. 13, ch. 74-383; s. 1188, ch. 97-102; s. 2, ch. 2005-27.

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0700-0799/0776/Sections/0776.012.html

Some of the relevant law is posted at

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=461448

In addition:

Florida Statutes:

Crime

782.11 Unnecessary killing to prevent unlawful act.—Whoever shall unnecessarily kill another, either while resisting an attempt by such other person to commit any felony, or to do any other unlawful act, or after such attempt shall have failed, shall be deemed guilty of manslaughter, a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
History.—s. 13, ch. 1637, 1868; RS 2388; GS 3213; RGS 5043; CGL 7145; s. 719, ch. 71-136.

781.04 lists different charges.


Title XLVI
CRIMES

Chapter 782
HOMICIDE

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782.03 Excusable homicide.—Homicide is excusable when committed by accident and misfortune in doing any lawful act by lawful means with usual ordinary caution, and without any unlawful intent, or by accident and misfortune in the heat of passion, upon any sudden and sufficient provocation, or upon a sudden combat, without any dangerous weapon being used and not done in a cruel or unusual manner.
History.—s. 6, ch. 1637, 1868; RS 2379; GS 3204; RGS 5034; CGL 7136; s. 1, ch. 75-13.

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0700-0799/0782/Sections/0782.03.html

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