The verdict in the Zimmerman trial was the correct one under the old common law “last clear chance.” Regardless of what “could have been,” Zimmerman was in his rights as a neighborhood watch volunteer to try to stop the rash of burglaries and break-ins (eight in 14 months) not to mention terrorizing one mother and crying child when the burglars knew they were at home.
According to the evidence, it was Trayvon who threw the first punch, breaking the watchman’s nose and blacking his eyes. It was also Trayvon on top of Zimmerman who was bashing his head on the concrete. Therefore, Trayvon, who was now the strong arm, had the “last clear chance” to stop the confrontation, but he didn’t. Zimmerman thus had to use the only self-defense method he had to stop the head bashing and possible death.
It is also a plus in the ever-increasing war to stop the break-ins, home invasions and burglaries in this and other neighborhoods where neighborhood watches otherwise would not be necessary.