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Travyon Martin shooting: Gun store owner a George Zimmerman witness
thestar.com ^ | 15 June, 2012 | Jeff Weiner and Rene Stutzman

Posted on 06/15/2012 4:22:41 PM PDT by marktwain

Edited on 06/15/2012 5:25:39 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

SANFORD, FLA.—A new list of evidence in the George Zimmerman case includes, for the first time, the names of several civilian witnesses—including several local firearms dealers and instructors—but it remains unclear what their roles will be in the neighbourhood watch volunteer’s prosecution, if any.

Among the newly named witnesses is Khaled Akkawi, owner of Shoot Straight, and several of his employees. Why? Akkawi told the Orlando Sentinel the Federal Bureau of Investigation paid him a visit several weeks after the shooting with a photo of Zimmerman, wanting to know if Zimmerman had been to the chain’s gun stores and ranges.

But according to Akkawi, there is a stronger connection to Zimmerman’s shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

“He bought the gun from us,” Akkawi said.

Earlier Friday, Akkawi—who stresses that he is a strong supporter of Florida’s stand-your-ground law, which has come under fire since the Feb. 26 shooting—expressed surprise when told he was named as a witness in the case. But after thinking about it further, he said there were several possible reasons.

In addition to the gun sale, Akkawi said, Zimmerman visited Shoot Straight’s Casselberry location on multiple occasions, had fired on the ranges and interacted with employees. The store also is a major National Rifle Association recruiter, he said, and his employees have testified in court as experts in the past.

Excerpted, read more at The Orlando Sentinel


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: banglist; fl; georgezimmerman; martin; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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"Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26 as the unarmed Miami Gardens teenager was walking back from a 7-Eleven. Zimmerman told police he acted in self-defense."

This is an extremely prejudicial statement, as Zimmerman claims that he was on his back, being pounded into the pavement, when he shot Martin.

1 posted on 06/15/2012 4:22:51 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain; Cboldt; maggief; 2ndDivisionVet

FYI


2 posted on 06/15/2012 4:32:22 PM PDT by hoosiermama ( Obama: " born in Kenya.".. he's lying now or then?)
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To: marktwain

I know the manager of Shoot Straight and have met the owner Khalid a few times. It’s my understanding they are one of the top volume dealers in the US.

I think it’s pretty ridiculous for the FBI to have gone over there to interview them concerning Zimmerman. They must literally have thousands of people a week on their ranges and in their stores. What exactly is it they are all supposed to remember?

Side note: Some may remember the Shoot Straight in Casselberry on these pages a few years ago. A spate of suicides on the range to include a mom shooting her son. Haven’t had one in awhile now :-)


3 posted on 06/15/2012 4:35:07 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: marktwain
and his online activity.

now that's troubling. So a person's guilt or innocence (or having new charges created) could depend upon what emails you've received/sent and the websites you've looked at?

I'd be fried, many times I've stated on FR that I'd blow the heads off of anyone the threatened my family or my person.

4 posted on 06/15/2012 4:36:25 PM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: marktwain

His lawyer ought to contact Massad Ayoob as a potential expert witness.


5 posted on 06/15/2012 4:38:55 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: marktwain

This whole damned case is severely prejudiced and twisted against GZ, and now his wife. It should never go to trial. If his (apparently) slip-and-fall lawyer doesn’t demand a change of venue, and demand a complete dismissal of all charges, GZ should get another atty for representation. Or shop for a new judge. He’s already been tried, convicted and sentenced before he ever enters that corrupt courtroom, IMO.


6 posted on 06/15/2012 4:39:12 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: marktwain

Unarmed, but otherwise perfectly capable of lethal levels of aggression. Screw the lying Communist MSM!!!


7 posted on 06/15/2012 4:45:14 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: marktwain

They sent TEN FBI agents to FL to investigate Zimmerman.

I doubt they would typically use that much manpower to investigate a serial killer.


8 posted on 06/15/2012 4:45:36 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: marktwain

“Did you sell him the gun?”

“Yes”

“Did you teach him how to use it?”

“Yes”

“OK...throw him in a cell next to Zimmerman’s wife. Next!”


9 posted on 06/15/2012 4:47:04 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: marktwain

Was does this have to do with whether Martin was slamming Zimmerman’s head on the pavement when he was shot?


10 posted on 06/15/2012 4:51:29 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: carriage_hill; All

I would keep the original venue. The voters there are the most informed, and you want an informed jury in this case. The more informed, the better.


11 posted on 06/15/2012 4:55:26 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: VeniVidiVici

“A spate of suicides on the range to include a mom shooting her son.”

Not to be argumentative, but that wouldn’t technically be a “suicide.”


12 posted on 06/15/2012 4:58:43 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: marktwain

Can the defense still “shop” for jurors for a jury? It seems that there’d be too many there - like in the PSU Jerry Sandusky molestation case jury, from that immediate area - in that town who are prejudiced and influenced. But then, who hasn’t heard of this now-already-infamous case?


13 posted on 06/15/2012 5:05:10 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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"Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26 as the unarmed Miami Gardens teenager was walking back from a 7-Eleven.

I object to the word "unarmed". Fists can be deadly weapons and Trayvon was clearly good with his fists..

14 posted on 06/15/2012 5:05:18 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Tijeras_Slim

That’s an excellent idea! I hope O’Mara knows to do that. I still haven’t seen any results from the test of Zimmerman’s 9mm KelTec.


15 posted on 06/15/2012 5:09:27 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: marktwain

Gee, ya think that list might put a target on these witnesses?


16 posted on 06/15/2012 5:15:24 PM PDT by bgill
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To: marktwain

Here we go:

“The parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin asked the state task force reviewing Florida’s controversial self-defense law to revise it and make it harder for someone who starts a fight to end it with deadly force. They call their proposed revision “The Trayvon Martin Amendment.”

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/12/2845374/jude-to-task-force-clarify-self.html#moreb


17 posted on 06/15/2012 5:29:31 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Very good point Slim. He is the subject matter expert I would seek as well.

Stay safe ...


18 posted on 06/15/2012 5:37:23 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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Why is the FBI involved? This tells me they’re already gathering evidence for a civil rights violation charge.


19 posted on 06/15/2012 5:40:53 PM PDT by Terry Mross (To My Liberal Kinfolk: Don't call, email or write until you've gotten your brain fixed.)
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To: hoosiermama
This gunshop owner is a "C" witness, which means the state has no intention of calling him.
Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.220 - Discovery
3.220(b)(1)(A)(iii)Category C. All witnesses who performed only ministerial functions or whom the prosecutor does not intend to call at trial and whose involvement with and knowledge of the case is fully set out in a police report or other statement furnished to the defense

20 posted on 06/15/2012 5:52:11 PM PDT by Cboldt
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