Hearing gives most extensive look yet at Zimmerman
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- George Zimmerman's initial court appearance on a second-degree murder charge on Thursday gave the public its most extensive look yet at the neighborhood watch volunteer since he shot Trayvon Martin in late February.
Much has already been made about outdated photos of Martin and Zimmerman that were the dominant images of the initial news coverage of the case. Early on, Zimmerman was known by a seven-year-old photo that showed him more heavyset than he is now and with an imposing stare that was absent during Thursday's hearing.
While more recent photos of a thinner Zimmerman had surfaced before Thursday, the live television footage and photos taken at the hearing have given people around the country the longest look at him up to this point.
During the brief appearance, Zimmerman stood up straight, looked straight ahead and wore a gray prison jumpsuit. He spoke only to answer "Yes, sir," twice after he was asked basic questions about the charge against him and his attorney. His hands were shackled in front of him.
His hair was shaved down to stubble and he had a thin goatee, which appeared consistent with his booking photo from the day before. He had resurfaced Wednesday to turn himself in after weeks in hiding, and faces arraignment May 29.