Trayvon Martin: The Latest, Week 19


Friday, July 13, 3:30 p.m. EDT: An air marshal took George Zimmerman in when the going got rough: The Miami Herald reports that George Zimmerman hid out at the home of a federal law-enforcement agent for more than a month during the height of national outrage. The agent, Mark Osterman, who has known Zimmerman since around 2006, is a former Seminole County sheriff's deputy who was pressured to resign after he violated department policy.

Thursday, July 12, 7:59 p.m. EDT: Friends and neighbors say that Zimmerman is not racist: The Orlando Sentinel reports that federal civil rights investigators interviewed dozens of George Zimmerman's friends, neighbors and co-workers, and no one said that he was a racist, according to records released today. FBI agents spread out across the state, talking to three dozen people, including gun-shop employees, Zimmerman's ex-fiancee and the Sanford, Fla., police detective who led the investigation into the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old.


Thursday, July 12, 9:55 a.m. EDT: FBI reports and interviews coming from state attorney: Florida's state attorney is expected to release FBI reports Thursday that may shed light on whether race played a role the night George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, WPTV reports. The investigative reports are among the evidence in the second-degree-murder case expected to be released by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey to Zimmerman's attorney, according to court documents filed in June.

Wednesday, July 11, 9:59 a.m. EDT: Jamie Foxx explains his BET Awards Trayvon Martin tribute: In an interview with the Source, Foxx explains why he chose to wear a Trayvon Martin T-shirt at the BET Awards, saying, "I'll tell you what It means to everybody; everybody that got kids. I got an 18-year-old daughter, she got 18-year-old boyfriends. My thing, I come from the kid aspect of it. It's like when I see the Trayvon Martin case, sometimes it shocks me that people would have anything negative to say about finding justice for a child."

Tuesday, July 10, 10:52 a.m. EDT: Sanford, Fla., dismantles Trayvon memorial: An impromptu memorial to slain teenager Trayvon Martin has been dismantled, but the items that composed it are being preserved, after consultation with the Martin family, the city of Sanford, Fla., announced Monday. CNN reports that city staff members removed the items from the entrance of the subdivision where Trayvon was shot and killed in February during a confrontation with George Zimmerman.

Monday, July 9, 10:59 a.m. EDT: George Zimmerman is in a "safe house" in central Florida: George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch leader charged with fatally shooting unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, is in a safe house that is being protected by his security team after being released on bail Friday for the second time, the Associated Press reports. His attorney said Sunday that he was in Seminole County in central Florida.

Read last week's updates on the Trayvon Martin case here.

Read all of The Root's news and commentary about the Trayvon Martin case here.