Sanford teen’s killer in jail as Florida picks up the pieces from national scruitiny
By Nickelle Smith – WUFT-FM
George Zimmerman will remain in jail after his first court appearance earlier today where he pled not guilty to charges for the death of 17-year old Sanford teen, Trayvon Martin. The nation went into a frenzy after the 28-year old was not arrested for shooting and killing Martin. Now that Zimmerman is in custody, Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Nickelle Smith reports on the future of the case and racial issues it stirred across the country.
“We’re pressuring. We are ready. We’re telling the community that we’re ready to start the trial,” said Carlos Aguilar, Christian Aguilar’s father, after Pedro Bravo’s third case management court appearance.
From Jan. 2008 to March 2013, there were 1,577 reported gun-related crimes. In 2008, 309 gun-related crimes were reported. In 2009, the number increased to a reported 367 crimes. Since then, it has been decreasing.
One of the victims played a prank on Andrew Joseph Lobban, 31, when they went shooting one time and took a video of it, police said. The victim then shared the video with the other victims, who laughed and teased Lobban.
A crime alert was distributed Friday afternoon to the Gainesville and University of Florida community alerting residents to an active investigation of two armed robberies.
He told police he also had a homemade cardboard firework with black powder inside at his home. A fuse was attached to the sealed ends, according to his arrest report.