George Zimmerman shooter could use ‘stand your ground’ defense

Matthew Apperson, the man who shot at George Zimmerman in Lake Mary, Florida, Monday afternoon, is asserting that he acted in self-defense, and that since he has a concealed-carry permit, he was “legally justified to shoot” at the man who had previously threatened him with “fucking” death.

Apperson has previously been involved in two run-ins with the habitually violent Zimmerman, first in 2014 when Zimmerman allegedly brandished a gun at Apperson in traffic and asked “Do you know who I am?” (Just in case it wasn’t clear, the acquitted killer thought to erase any doubt and added “I’ll fucking kill you.”) Later on, police were called to Apperson’s place of work when he noticed Zimmerman stalking him outside the building. Zimmerman was found to be carrying a gun at the time.

So, given Zimmerman’s history of violence, both personally with Apperson and well-documented with girlfriends and unarmed teenagers, it’s understandable that when Zimmerman allegedly waived a gun at him again on Monday, Apperson feared for his life.

While no one has been arrested in Monday’s shooting, if charges are brought against Apperson, he could very well-likely use Florida’s “stand your ground” defense, which allows for the use of lethal force if one reasonably believes they face an imminent and immediate threat of serious bodily harm or death. You may remember this law as a possible route of action in Zimmerman’s own defense trial in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Even if Apperson doesn’t cite “stand your ground” if charged with assault or attempted murder, he could go with the standard “self-defense,” which is what Zimmerman ended up using in the Martin trial. Either way, Georgie-boy, that sound you hear is me nomming on the sweet, sweet taste of poetic justice.