George Zimmerman’s ‘Justified’ defense?


In making his case in the killing of Trayvon Martin, did George Zimmerman borrow some lines from the gun-slinging FX show “Justified”? Specifically, did he borrow lines from the March 21 episode?

The killer’s father, Robert Zimmerman, told a Fox Tampa Bay reporter that his son told him, “Trayvon Martin said something to the effect of ‘you’re going to die now,’ or ‘you’re going to die tonight.’ Or something to that effect.” Fast forward to 2:10 to hear him say this.

What Zimmerman said piqued the interest of my Facebook friend Money Train with Funk Gumbo Radio.

Now when I heard what George Zimmerman allegedly told his father Trayvon said to him it made think about where have I heard something similar....And then it hit me that last week’s episode of FX Network’s show “Justified” called “Guy Walks Into a Bar” had almost the same type of language between bad guy Robert Quarles (Neal McDonough) and marshall Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). Quarles says, “I’m going to kill you Raylan. Maybe not tonight. Maybe not tomorrow. But someday you’ll be walking down the street and I am gonna put a bullet right in the back of your skull and you’re gonna drop.”

“And the reason why George Zimmerman could not have told the Sanford Police the Quarles quote after his shooting of Treyvon is because this episode of ‘Justified’ had not aired yet,” Money Train wrote. “And ‘Justified’ is an action packed ‘shoot first’ vigilante law drama that I could easily see George Zimmerman watching regularly.”

Coincidence?

What piqued my interest in what father Zimmerman said was that in the middle of that scream-filled life-and-death struggle where heads are being bashed into sidewalks, there was time for that bit of dramatic “monologuing”? Like the Zimmerman family’s public relations offensive on behalf of George, it doesn’t make sense.

After the video of George’s arrival at the Sanford Police Department looking like he was arrested for illegally driving a golf cart instead of killing an unarmed 17-year-old, none of what they’ve said makes any sense. They want us to disbelieve our eyes and ears.

More on George Zimmerman’s crumbling story

Part 1: Video evidence doesn’t back Zimmerman

Part 2: Mortician found no signs of a struggle

Part 3: Sanford lead detective didn’t believe Zimmerman

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.

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