Man Who Shot at Zimmerman Charged With Attempted Murder

Matthew Apperson has been charged with attempted murder in Florida for shooting at George Zimmerman while Zimmerman was driving.

Today, the State Attorney's Office in Sanford filed three charges against Apperson: attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Apperson was in a mental hospital weeks before the shooting. He was fixated on Zimmerman, according to police. Zimmerman sustained minor injuries from flying glass and debris.

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    Sounds like the right charges (none / 0) (#1)
    by McBain on Thu Jun 18, 2015 at 05:29:05 PM EST
    I hope the media continues to follow this case. It would be interesting to see a trial, if there's isn't plea deal.  

    I'm confused (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by Yman on Thu Jun 18, 2015 at 06:25:04 PM EST
    It "sounds like the right charges"?!?

    What happened to, "I've already explained what my bias is.  I'm pro defense.  Innocent until proven guilty."

    Huh ... guess that depends on who the defendant is ...


    There is nothing inconsistent between being (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by Peter G on Thu Jun 18, 2015 at 09:28:56 PM EST
    pro-defense (as I am) and thinking that charges are appropriate if they name the crime that the prosecutor offers to prove and that charge fairly correlates with the known facts (shooting toward a person's head, at close range, through a closed car window). Even if the accused appears to have a potential mental health defense.

    Agreed (none / 0) (#10)
    by Yman on Thu Jun 18, 2015 at 09:41:02 PM EST
    But he's gone far beyond that.

    Do you dissagree with the charges? (3.25 / 4) (#3)
    by McBain on Thu Jun 18, 2015 at 07:02:34 PM EST
    or are you as obsessed with me as Apperson is with Zimmmerman?  It's a little creepy that you use a quote of mine from a while ago.  I keep hoping if I ignore you, you'll go away but that doesn't seem to work.  Should I be concerned?

    So far, it appears to me that Apperson is being treated fairly by the media and judicial system. I don't see a rush to judgement.  Instead of commenting about me, how about you comment on the actual case.  


    Don't be absurd (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by sj on Fri Jun 19, 2015 at 01:08:11 PM EST
    It's a little creepy that you use a quote of mine from a while ago.
    Any regular commenter builds a history and a persona. Every day is NOT a new day -- comments and personality patterns carry forward. You will be called out on hypocrisy.

    You are not that special. Except for maybe in a "isn't that special" way.


    quoting past comments on (none / 0) (#16)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Jun 19, 2015 at 01:14:29 PM EST
    to attack other commenters is not allowed here.

    No one quoted his past comments (5.00 / 3) (#18)
    by sj on Fri Jun 19, 2015 at 02:58:41 PM EST
    to attack him. Only to refuse to be led astray by current comments. And they weren't quoted anyway, a number of his comments were simply summarized and paraphrased.

    There was nothing hypocritical (none / 0) (#17)
    by McBain on Fri Jun 19, 2015 at 02:00:11 PM EST
    about my comments on Apperson and Zimmerman.  Apperson appears to be getting a fair shake.  Zimmerman didn't.  

    When this story first broke, the headlines were... Zimmerman involved in shooting... even though the evidence suggested he was the victim.  Jeralyn pointed that out in her commentary.  

    If, for some reason, things change and Apperson becomes the victim of a viscous prosecutor or lazy/biased media, I will point that out. Being pro defense doesn't mean pretending every defendant gets a raw deal.


    Insofar as there are, literally, tens of thousands (none / 0) (#19)
    by NYShooter on Sat Jun 20, 2015 at 04:11:16 PM EST
    of outlets loosely defined as "The Media," why do you consistently refer to "THE Media" as if there's a single, omnipotent organization recounting the news?

    If I may take the initiative here and answer my own question, would it be so that you can always find one media outlet (of the thousands available) with which to find fault, and thus, justify your apparent need to criticize "THE Media" for some perceived injustice by the way they describe the behavior of whomever happens to be your immediate, unjustly persecuted Hero-of-the Day?


    There's "the media" (none / 0) (#22)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jun 20, 2015 at 06:04:35 PM EST
    and there's Megan Kelly.  That's it.

    I'm sure the apologies will be coming (none / 0) (#6)
    by Jack203 on Thu Jun 18, 2015 at 07:49:43 PM EST
    any minute now from the George haters....

    Just kidding, that would take an ounce of objective thinking.

    There's too much invested in hating GZ (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by McBain on Thu Jun 18, 2015 at 08:21:19 PM EST
    Objective thinking and common sense go out the window.  People, especially emotional thinkers, don't like admitting they're wrong.  Whatever happens to GZ next, he will be assumed guilty/responsible.

    You've got it all wrong.... (none / 0) (#20)
    by NYShooter on Sat Jun 20, 2015 at 04:26:03 PM EST
    "Whatever happens to GZ next, he will be assumed guilty/responsible."

    You see, now that's just not fair. As long as he proclaims his innocence, and there are no witnesses to contradict his denial, why, of course, any objective thinker, especially one with common sense, would immediately accept his self-serving statement as absolutely, positively, irrefutably, and, metaphysically, proof-beyond-a-shadow-of-doubt of his innocence.

    Where's the problem?


    The main problem (none / 0) (#21)
    by McBain on Sat Jun 20, 2015 at 05:06:25 PM EST
    has to do with lack of intelligent thinking, discussion and reporting. Far too much has been based on emotion, politics and money.  

    Or a few pounds of straw (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by Yman on Thu Jun 18, 2015 at 08:23:48 PM EST
    ... given that no one here- including the "George haters" - said there shouldn't be an investigation, or that Apperson shouldn't be charged.

    I sure am (5.00 / 4) (#12)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jun 19, 2015 at 07:18:42 AM EST
    hearing a lot of crowing from the Zimmerman lovers out there.  As if Apperson's alleged crimes somehow validates their worldview if GZ being the eternal victim.

    Yeah, I don't get that... (5.00 / 3) (#13)
    by Anne on Fri Jun 19, 2015 at 07:32:36 AM EST
    it seems to turn the definition of "eternal victim" on its head, being that it appears that it's the people around him who pay the highest price for being in his orbit.  

    There (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jun 19, 2015 at 08:07:37 AM EST
    appears to even be a tiny bit of hero worship among some of his defenders.

    Yes, Included in that Group is the... (none / 0) (#23)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Jun 22, 2015 at 10:13:48 AM EST
    ...mass murderer Dylann Roof who was such a fanboy he included Zimmerman in his manifesto.
    In the manifesto--which was discovered Saturday morning by Internet sleuths--Roof says he was not raised to be racist, though he made racist jokes growing up. He says it was the Trayvon Martin killing--and his feeling that George Zimmerman was right to shoot the unarmed black teen--that awakened him to "black on white violence," which he subsequently read about on the website of a South Carolina-based hate group called the Council of Conservative Citizens.

    The implication is that w/o GZ we might not have DR.

    Not sure how a case that basically cleared Zimmerman would stoke white racists, but that is the product of a SC 9th grade education.

    Back to this link, I am no fan of GZ, but if a lunatic or even a sane person is trying to kill them they should be prosecuted for crimes they commited.