Stasis: Zimmerman a Murderer or Self Defense

To start off the two articles I am referencing here are :
Self Defense
These two articles have differing opinions on the guilt of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The first author is of the opinion that Zimmerman’s actions equate to him being a murderer while the second argues that even though he did shoot and kill Martin he is innocent as he acted in self-defense during the quarrel. The two sides reach stasis in the idea that they both agree that Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman, yet one side believes the actions can be defined as murder while the other claims they are self defense. Neither side argues the event itself or the outcome, but how to define the actions taken. Personally I would side with the first author because I believe that a reasonable person would have listened to the 911 operator and not followed the teen which would have prevented the altercation altogether.


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