Charges expected in the Trayvon Martin case

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

April 11, 2012 12:17:56 PM PDT
Charges be filed soon - perhaps early tonight - against George Zimmerman, the armed neighborhood watch volunteer, in the shooting death of the unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

We know that. What we don't know is what the exact charges will be.

Why it took so long - the shooting was at the end of February - is a source of much debate. But the bottom line from this perch is that - finally - the controversial case will get to court, where the evidence will speak. Up until now it's been mostly bloviators on cable news channels, and it's getting stale and old and way off base.

I'm just sayin'.

We'll have the latest in this highly charged case, at 11.

We'll also have the latest on Mayor Bloomberg's campaign to piggy-back on the controversy - and get the so-called Stand Your Ground laws to be thrown out. The laws allow people to shoot, in public, if they fear for their own life and safety. Florida is one state with the law, and Zimmerman was, early on, said to be

Also at 11 - I remember it as if it were yesterday, although of course it was a long time ago.

1969. Summer. And a sense of raw fear spread through Los Angeles after actress Sharon Tate - the 8-month-pregnant wife of Roman Polanski - and 7 others were brutally killed.

There were several crime scenes over two nights. Knives were the weapons of choice. And carnage seemed the order of the day.

No one knew who or what or why in terms of the suspects. But we'd soon learn. It was the work of Charles Manson - and those crazed eyes stared at us on the front pages of every newspaper and magazine.

Today, a board in California denied for the 12th time Manson's request for parole. He's now 77 and, because the board can deny the next appeal for up to 15 years, this was likely Manson's final bid to get out.

Not that he ever had a chance.

We'll have any reaction, tonight at 11.

And Carolina Leid tonight takes a closer look at the government's new rules about sunscreens - and what they can and cannot claim.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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