UMSL criminology students discuss Zimmerman case

UMSL criminology student Rachel Thompson talks to KSDK (Channel 5) about the George Zimmerman trial in Stanford, Fla.

As closing arguments are heard on the monthlong second-degree murder trial against George Zimmerman in Stanford, Fla., opinions are running high as people on both sides feel strongly about the case.

University of Missouri–St. Louis criminology students who have been following the case in which George Zimmerman, volunteer neighborhood watch captain, shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, spoke with KSDK (Channel 5) about the case.

Rachel Thompson, senior criminology and criminal justice major, said the case has been a topic in her current classes.

“We kind of feel like the prosecution’s case is starting to fall apart. Some of the witnesses are not as strong as maybe the prosecution had thought. So we really don’t know what the outcome is at this point,” Thompson told KSDK .

UMSL criminology student Phil March said what happens after the verdict is his main concern. If Zimmerman is found not guilty, he believes there will be a public outcry.

“If he doesn’t get convicted, I think it’s going to be a really big thing. If he gets convicted, I don’t think it’s going to be too much at all,” March told KSDK.


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