Neighborhood Watch

A jury will decide the fate of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, after the man who says he killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense waives his right to a hearing that could have ended his trial before it ever started.

FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports from Miami:

George Zimmerman told a judge he won't invoke Florida's "Stand Your Ground" defense before his scheduled trial this summer.  He's charged with murdering Trayvon Martin, and the Martin family attorneys think it means Zimmerman has less of a self-defense claim.

(Attorney) "That means that everyone who thought that he should have been arrested and proceed to trial is vindicated."

But Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, asserts it means nothing.

(O'Mara) "That's an absurd position.  That's apples and oranges.  The reality is we've made a tactical decision how to handle this case."

...As self-defense can still be claimed at trial.

In Miami, Eben Brown, FOX News Radio.

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