Panel discusses Florida's 'stand your ground' law
Event held at Citrus Bowl in Orlando
Exactly two months ago, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, and his death has many people questioning Florida's "stand your ground" law.
Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford on Feb. 26. He was arrested in the shooting on April 11. Zimmerman claims the shooting was in self-defense and he was attacked by Martin.
One of the law's co-authors, state Rep. Dennis Baxley, was part of a panel discussion Thursday at the Citrus Bowl's Varsity Club.
Baxley was joined by a distinguished panel of legal experts to discuss how the law is intended to be applied and the major issues the law is now facing.
"I think we need to empower 20 million people to be able to stop violent acts against themselves and others," Baxley said.
Baxley co-sponsored the law when it was passed in 2005 and he told Local 6 he doesn't have any regrets about the law.
Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney, didn't say much about his opinion on the law at the meeting.
"It's always good to review a statute. I don't even know if it applies in this case so its hard to say," O'Mara said.
Since Martin's shooting death, Gov. Rick Scott has assembled a 19-member task force to examine the 'Stand Your Ground' law. The first meeting for the task force is in May.
Zimmerman is out of jail on bond and is currently awaiting his arraignment in May.
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