An insurance company for the homeowners association for the development where Trayvon Martin was killed is asking a federal judge to rule it is not liable for a claim filed by Martin’s mother in connection with his death.
The Travelers insurance company says the $1,000,000 policy it issued to the Retreat at Twin Lakes homeowners association went into effect March 30 – more than a month after Martin was shot and killed by the community’s neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman. Therefore, they argue, they should not have to defend or pay on any claim made for a shooting that happened on February 26.
After the policy was issued, Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, “made a claim for monetary damages … as a result of the fatal shooting of Martin,” according to a petition for declaratory relief filed August 1 by Travelers in the U.S. District Court in Orlando.
The insurance company is asking the court to declare it has “no duty to defend … (or) indemnify the Retreat at Twin Lakes in connection with the Fulton claim and demand.”
Meanwhile, Fulton is seeking money from a state fund that helps crime victims in Florida.
The Associated Press has learned through a public records request that Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, applied for victim compensation benefits after her son was shot to death last February by former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge. He says he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense.
State officials and an attorney for Martin's parents won't say how much they're seeking.
Money for the fund comes from court fees paid by offenders, as well as other sources.
Applicants can be reimbursed for lost wages, funeral expenses, medical expenses and mental health counseling.