Feb. 26: Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed by a single
gunshot wound to the chest Feb. 26 during a confrontation with
George Zimmerman, a 28-yearold neighborhood watch volunteer in a
gated community of townhomes in Sanford, Fla. Martin was unarmed and
walking to the home of his father's fiancee after a trip to a
convenience store. He and Zimmerman fought, according to witnesses.
Zimmerman said Martin punched him in the nose and slammed his head
against the ground. Zimmerman pulled a gun and shot Martin. He told
police he acted in self-defense. He is released from custody. No
charges are filed.
March 8: Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, call for Zimmerman's arrest.
March 13: The story begins to spread, setting off a furious nationwide debate over race and self-defense. Zimmerman goes into hiding as the calls for his arrest grow. Civil rights groups and others hold rallies around the country, saying the shooting was unjustified.
March 19: The Department of Justice said it will investigate the case.
March 22: Police chief Bill Lee resigns "temporarily."
March 23: President Obama injected himself into the debate, saying, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon." The local prosecutor disqualifies himself from the case, and Gov. Rick Scott appoints Angela Corey, the prosecutor for Jacksonville, to take it over.
April 3: The FBI opens an investigation.
Monday: Corey says she would not take the case to a grand jury on Tuesday, but will decide on charges on her own.
Tuesday: Lawyers Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig drop the case, saying Zimmerman hadn't returned their calls and texts.
Wednesday: Zimmerman is arrested and Corey announces a charge of second-degree murder, seven weeks after the shooting.
Today: Zimmerman will appear in court. His new attorney said his client will plead not guilty.
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