The Insurance Journal is reporting that if Trayvon Martin’s family files a wrongful death lawsuit they might name the homeowners association where the shooter Zimmerman lived and where the shooting occurred.
The reason for this is that if Zimmerman’s claim that he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense is upheld by the judge or a jury, Florida’s “stand your ground law” would also protect him from a civil lawsuit. if Zimmerman is acquitted or otherwise cleared, the Martin family could sue The Retreat at Twin Lakes homeowners association for the wrongful death of their son. The homeowners association should have a liability policy in place which would in all likelihood be able to pay the Martin family more than Zimmerman.
Apparently, the Association in February distributed to residents a newsletter that said that Zimmerman was the “go-to” guy for residents that has been crime victims. Under the banner “Neighborhood Watch,” the letter stated that crime victims should first call the cops and then “please contact our Captain, George Zimmerman … so he can be aware and help address the issue with other residents.”
The Association’s attorneys indicate that the obvious connection to, and endorsement of Mr. Zimmerman, open the Association to legal action by the Martins. Mr. Zimmerman acknowledged that he shot Trayvon Martin to death during an encounter of February 26th of this year but is claiming self-defense.