Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush: Self-defense Law Doesn’t Cover Trayvon Martin’s Death

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says the “Stand Your Ground” law he signed while in office should not apply to George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed Treyvon Martin.

Bush spoke Friday at the University of Texas at Arlington, just outside Dallas. He told reporters afterward that the Florida law doesn’t apply in the incident that left the 17-year-old dead.

“Stand your ground means stand your ground. It doesn’t mean chase after somebody who’s turned their back.” he said.

Bush, who signed the law in 2005, called Martin’s death a tragedy.

George Zimmerman shot and killed Martin in Sanford, Fla., in February. Martin was walking back to the home of his father’s fiancée. Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense and has not as of yet been arrested or charged.


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