To the Editor:
After reading Rhea Belden’s take on the trial of George Zimmerman I have to wonder where she was when the incident took place. Her letter speaks of facts that were not brought out about George Zimmerman and she states, “If the jury had not had their hands tied with only the facts they were allowed to use, Zimmerman would have been given a different verdict.”
As one who followed the trial I felt facts pertaining to Trayvon Martin were withheld and that the prosecution did their very best to make Mr. Zimmerman out to be something that everyone who knew him disagreed with.
Without being there I must ask Ms. Belden how did she come up with saying Trayvon Martin was terrified or that he was fighting for his life. Trayvon Martin’s past was not that of a person who was terrified easily. According to his school records he was a bully, drug user and thief found with burglars tools and woman’s jewelry to name a few. He was sent to his father because his mother couldn’t handle him and he was thrown out of school. On the night he was killed walking home with Skittles he was more than two blocks away from the store and his home begging the question, what was he doing walking through Zimmerman’s complex.
Unlike Ms. Belden I have a real problem drawing conclusions about Mr. Zimmerman’s actions! I have sat through many courts decisions and have seen what I thought were unjust one way or the other. This being said when a jury sits those on it are supposed to make decisions based on law not conjecture! The only witness to the whole confrontation in this case was George Zimmerman. He told the police Trayvon Martin was on top of him and was trying to get at the gun he was carrying in a legal manner. Given Trayvon Martin’s history of agitating and beating up people I can’t call Mr. Zimmerman a liar. This with the fact that Mr. Zimmerman had his head banged on concrete at least twice, coupled with a broken nose, is evidence he was on the bottom as he stated and the prosecution tried very hard to say the opposite until the last days of the trial.
As a veteran I can attest to the fact that trauma to the head can surely cause one to believe they are in danger of loss of life. The police should have taken Mr. Zimmerman to a hospital before taking him to the police station as this type of injury has caused death in many instances on and off the battlefield!
For Ms. Belden to bring up first degree murder is a reach for someone who was not a first hand witness to what actually happened that night. It is unfortunate there are places where Neighborhood Watch is needed, but perhaps Ms. Belden has never lived where robbery and murder are a real threat. I have my own thoughts about what actually happened but they are not relevant because I wasn’t also wasn’t a witness.
Second-guessing what happened has put many innocents in jail and many guilty parties have been set free. Our jury system was put to use and a verdict was rendered as verdicts have been rendered in millions of cases. I see Ms. Belden acting as what she called George Zimmerman, a vigilantly! We have had too many people executed who were later proven innocent because of overzealous prosecutors and false accusations. The trial has ended and Mr. Zimmerman was found innocent. Now is the time for our prayers to go to everyone involved and for the conjecture to stop.
Gary P. Guido, Ticonderoga