State: Zimmerman Provoked Trayvon

    SANFORD, FL - APRIL 12: George Zimmerman appears for a bond hearing at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility April 12, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was charged yesterday with second degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who died February 26, 2012. (Photo by Gary Green/The Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images)

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    In court documents released Thursday, prosecutors allege that George Zimmerman pursued Trayvon Martin and provoked a confrontation with the Florida teen. The latest allegations will likely be used as an affidavit supporting a second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman, who plans to plead not guilty, his new attorney said today. The affidavit claims that Martin was on the phone with a friend, a witness who “advised that Martin was scared because he was being followed … and didn’t know why.” At this point, Martin allegedly started running and Zimmerman chased him down, provoking a physical struggle. Zimmerman’s arraignment is set for May 29.

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