George Zimmerman had his first court appearance today at 1:30 EST, after being charged with second degree murder yesterday evening.
Judge Mark Herr confirmed that he found probable cause to move ahead with the case, and setup an arraignment for May 29 before Judge Jessica Recksiedler.
Here’s a video of Judge Recksiedler:
And here’s a brief profile of Judge Recksiedler from when she was a candidate:
I am the only candidate who is board certified. The Florida Bar recognizes me as a civil jury trial expert — with only 1 percent of Florida Bar members. I have handled all aspects of civil litigation, including: commercial, construction, insurance, personal injury, probate, guardianship and estate law. I was appointed by the Florida Bar to the Board Certification Civil Trial Committee, requiring proficiency in the rules of ethics, evidence, and procedure, as well as litigation skills. I am the only candidate who has fully tried a civil jury trial. I am a former assistant state attorney and have handled criminal cases since over the years. I am a named partner in a law firm. I have handled cases in courts all over Florida. As a mother of two, the safety of the community where I was born and raised is important to me.
After being endorsed by the Orlando Sentinel, she was elected to the position on November 2, 2010 to a 6 year term that ends on January 2, 2017.
Zimmerman’s trial will easily be her highest profile case in the year and a half she has held the position.
Here’s Zimmerman from his appearance today.
O’Mara said today that he will seek a bond hearing “in the next few weeks.” Zimmerman is expected to enter a not guilty plea.
Update: A bail hearing is set for April 20th.