I live in Florida (about 1 1/2 hrs from Sanford), and I saw nothing about this until very recently. I was also wondering who turned it into a national event.
I read today that Martin’s mother hired some well-known “civil rights” lawyer, probably because she was looking for money. Remember, she’s the one who trademarked her kid’s name...
One of the initial recommendations was for negligent homicide (manslaughter), which would probably have resulted only in probation or some such thing, mitigated because Zimmerman was obviously defending himself, even if he shouldn’t have put himself in harm’s way to begin with. Probably there would have been a civil suit.
But what really happened is that Obama and the Dems picked this up and ran with it. Bambi thought he was losing the black vote, because he’s done absolutely nothing for them except hand out bucks to the lowest of the low welfare class and has created a hugely high black unemployment rate in passing. So what better way to stir up his base than with an appeal to race?
Then there was the Louis Gates incident, when Obama decided to tell the world that the "police acted stupidly." Now it's the Trayvon Martin case, and Obama says that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon. Through his words and actions, he fans the flames of racial tension every chance he gets.
Unfortunately this isn't the first time the left has used the race card to gain political traction. Remember the James Byrd, Jr. ad that the NAACP ran during Bush's first Presidential campaign? It was narrated by Byrd's daughter who insinuated that the election of Bush would be like reliving the dragging death of her father all over again. It was, I believe, the main reason that Bush would never accept an invitation to speak at the NAACP convention.