Originally Posted by kentatm
I've thought this for a long time now.
The factors that will tend to favor a conviction on second degree murder are:
1) The two most fundamental rules for Neighborhood Watch volunteers, as established by the National Sheriffs Association, is that members should (i) NEVER confront
a "suspicious" person; and (ii) it is absolutely forbidden to effect duties while armed
, no matter if the appropriate gun license has been granted.
In short, why did the "Watch captain" leave his vehicle after deliberately chambering his gun when he clearly knew, or should have known, that he wasn't supposed to do be acting in such a manner?
Whenever you confront a person while armed, there is always the possibility of violent death. In this circumstance, I can clearly posit that the shooter acted with of "depraved mind without regard for human life".
Add that to the killer's unrepentant appearance on FOX News, where he talked about the shooting being "god's will", and it is abundantly apparent that he had very little, or any, regard for Trayvon's life.
2) The injuries suffered by the shooter were clearly superficial, and did not in any way provide justification for the use of lethal force.
In addition, the forensic evidence does not match the story that was told. There is no foreign DNA under Trayvon's fingernails and very few instances on the rest of his body and clothing.
Other wild cards are the existence of text messages sent to by the killer to Trayvon's father and a leader in the movement to effect his arrest that were sealed because they would could cause persons to be "prejudicial" to the case.
Conclusion: the killer acted with some measure of knowledge that he was not supposed to ever confront Trayvon, and that he definitely shouldn't do so while armed. Therefore, there is more here than manslaughter, as some thought and premeditation had to have entered the thought process for the events of that night to have unfolded as tragically as they did.