Tweets call for death of Zimmerman, judge in Martin case

5:48 PM, Apr 23, 2012   |    comments
A Tweet Monday morning from @Rick_Cobain called for the death of the judge in the George Zimmerman case, after the neighborhood watch volunteer was released on bond in the murder of Trayvon Martin.
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ATLANTA -- Calls for the death of George Zimmerman and the judge in the case resounded loudly on Twitter Monday, hours after the man accused of shooting unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., in February was released on bond.

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"someone pass me a gun, imma go follow zimmerman, shoot and kill him and say #imstandingmyground," said one Tweet from @Mslips88, while another from @RalphMDCXLV said, "**!!! Zimmerman was freed on bail? Kill that man"

Other Tweets targeted the judge in the case, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester.

"Zimmerman released from jail someone kill the judge!!!!!" said a tweet from @Rick_Cobain, which was echoed by a number of other Tweets early Monday.

Zimmerman, 28, was charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Martin, 17, in late February.  Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, said he shot Martin in self-defense during an altercation at the gated community where Zimmerman and Martin's father lived. Supporters of Martin, along with the teen's parents said Martin, who was returning from a convenience store, was targeted because of his race and gunned down in cold blood by an overzealous Zimmerman.

The case has generated a national firestorm of controversy over racial profiling and the rights of gunholders.

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