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George Zimmerman Trial: Is He Dead, In Jail, Or On Parole? Where is he now?

George Zimmerman will for many years be synonymous with the problems of race and gun control in America forever thanks to the events that preceded and followed his fatal shooting of a black teenager who was remarkably unarmed at the time. Read on to learn more about its early beginnings, the shooting event, and life after.


George Michael Zimmerman was born on October 5, 1983 in Manassas, Virginia, the third of four children to Gladys Cristina (née Mesa) and Robert Zimmerman Sr. His mother is Peruvian and his father, who served in the US military for 22 years, is of German descent.

Zimmerman grew up in a devout Catholic home. He served as an acolyte from ages 7 to 17 when he first attended All Saints Catholic School before later moving to public Osbourn High School. In 2001, George Zimmerman graduated from high school and moved to the suburb of Orlando, Florida called Lake Mary. To make ends meet, he got a job with an insurance agency which prompted him to take night hours to get a license to sell insurance. A few years later, Zimmerman opened an Allstate Insurance satellite office that closed within a year. He then worked at a car dealership and then at a mortgage checking company before marrying beautician Shellie Dean in 2007. The couple were renting a townhouse in a Twin Lakes residential complex in Sanford, Florida in 2009 when Zimmerman enrolled at Seminole State College for an associate degree in criminal justice.

A few months after Zimmerman graduated from a seminole in December 2011, he shot and killed a 17-year-old unarmed African American boy named Trayvon Martin. According to Zimmerman, the then neighborhood watch coordinator, he saw Martin and thought he was a suspect. He called the police about this, but before the police could be there, the two of them had a fight which resulted in Martin being shot in the chest.

Zimmerman, who sustained injuries during the war incident, police officers said he killed Martin in self-defense, which was not a criminal offense under Florida Stand Your Ground law. After questioning him for about five hours, the officers released Zimmerman, saying they could not find any evidence to refute his claim. His release made headlines across the United States and caused turmoil in the African American community as protests broke out in various cities across the country, prompting comments from the US Department of Justice and President Barack Obama. After further deliberation, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed a special attorney to charge George Zimmerman with the murder of Trayvon Martin six weeks later.

George Zimmerman's trial

The trial of George Zimmerman began on June 10, 2013. It lasted approximately 33 days, July 13, 2013, after which he was acquitted of second degree murder by a jury. That judgment did not do the public good as Zimmerman's anger shifted to the Stand Your Ground Statute, which allows people to use deadly force to protect themselves, especially when the other party may not have been armed, as was the case with Trayvon Martin was the case.

Following the court rulings, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) opened its own investigation into Zimmerman on civil rights charges. However, three years later it concluded that there was insufficient evidence of a hate crime and that Zimmerman would not be prosecuted.

Where is he now? Is he dead, in jail, or on parole?

George Zimmerman is very much alive and free. Since the end of his trial, he has been involved in a number of law violations, mainly due to domestic violence. In other cases, he was the alleged target of other people who had identified him for the murder of Martin. One of those people was Matthew Apperson, who even shot Zimmerman. This resulted in Apperson being sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted murder and aggravated assault with a gun.

In 2018, Zimmerman was arrested and charged with sneaking out. He had contacted a private investigator several times who had worked with Michael Gasparro and Jay-Z on the Martin Story documentary series Rest in Power: The Tray, which discussed racial tension in the United States and some aspects of the case.

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