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George Zimmerman

By Kasey Joyce

St. Louis (KSDK) - Up until now there's been much more heat than light in this case, but with charges filed and a new lawyer for George Zimmerman, that's about to change.

From the beginning, this case has been rife with passion and calls for justice across the country, including here in St. Louis.

"Having to wait six weeks to see if charges are going to be filed and what charges are going to be filed, that has to be agonizing," said St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed.

But now, after 45 days, prosecutors have taken a step towards justice, and that means the truth behind this case will start to trickle out.

"These cases are very, very fact specific," said St. Louis defense attorney, Scott Rosenblum. "I think one of the keys, from what I understand, is that he was told by a police dispatch to walk away. He didn't. If in fact he followed this young man, and the nature of Mr. Zimmerman's injuries, if any."

Rosenblum says under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, there is still a possibility that the case could never even go to trial.

"There's a motion procedure where you can invoke the statute and invoke that your client is immune to prosecution so he cannot be prosecuted," Rosenblum said. "And if you can establish the facts support that, then the judge can essentially dismiss the case."

NAACP leaders say would be devastating, but Reverend BT Rice doesn't believe it will come to that.

"I think America wants to do the right thing," Rice said. "I think they will. I think that throwing this case out is not even a remote possibility."

Even so, justice may not come quickly. The trial could take over a year. But Rice is still confident justice will eventually come.

"Even though the wheels of justice grind slowly, they will grind fine," Rice said. "And I trust the justice system."


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