George Zimmerman has officially pled “not guilty” to a charge of 2nd Degree murder after shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a Florida suburb back in February.
George”s attorney entered the plea during his arraignment today in Seminole County. The 28-year-old was not present in court.
A pretrial date has been set for August 8th.
Zimmerman — a community watchman — shot and killed Trayvon on Feb. 26th in Sanford, Florida, but no arrests were made at the time. Zimmerman has consistently maintained he shot Trayvon in self-defense.
A firestorm of media attention has surrounded the case — with many celebs like Spike Lee, Roseanne Barr and LeBron James claiming the shooting was racially motivated.
If convicted, George faces up to life in prison.