SANFORD — The man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman will use a “stand your ground” defense in an attempt to clear himself, his lawyer said Friday.
“That’s a good look into the future,” said Michael Lafay moments after a bond hearing for his client, Matthew Apperson, a 36-year-old Winter Springs man accused of firing into Zimmerman’s pickup May 11 as they traveled in separate vehicles down West Lake Mary Boulevard. “And, of course, as you know,” Lafay said, “Mr. Zimmerman is no stranger to a ‘stand your ground’ situation.”
Zimmerman is the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer acquitted of second-degree murder for killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, in Sanford in 2012. He says he acted in self-defense.
For months, his lawyers claimed that he should be cleared under Florida’s much-criticized “stand your ground” law, which provides immunity to anyone who uses deadly force if he has a reasonable fear of imminent death or great bodily injury.