Robert O’Block reports:

The George Zimmerman trial began this morning, June 24th, 2013. Zimmerman, 29  is on trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17. Zimmerman was a member of his Neighborhood Watch Group and, while doing his duty, was involved in a confrontation in February 2012 with Trayvon Martin in which he shot and killed him. Martin was unarmed.

A jury of 6 female jurors must now decide whether or not Zimmerman acted in self-defense. This case has proven to be one of the most divisive cases in recent history, especially due to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.


The case started today with Zimmerman’s family being removed from the courtroom. The tape of the 911 call between Zimmerman and police was played. In the call either Zimmerman or Martin is calling for help, though it has not yet been determined who. Finding out the answer to this could prove pivotal in determining Zimmerman’s state of mind, and whether or not he was genuinely acting out in self-defense. Two audio experts’ testimonies have been deemed inadmissible at court, so the jury will have to make the ultimate decision.


Robert O’Block, PhD, is the founder of the Center for National Threat Assessment, CNTA.



Learn more about Robert O’Block here.

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