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Fla. task force begins review of self-defense law

 

A Florida task force will hold its first public meeting just miles from where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed to examine a state self-defense law being used by the man who shot him.

Gov. Rick Scott's task force on Citizen Safety and Protection is scheduled to hold the first of several meetings on the "stand your ground" law at a church Tuesday. The review was prompted by Martin's shooting, which came after an altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

A previous task force organized by Democratic state Sen. Chris Smith also has looked at the law.

George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and is in jail awaiting trial. He claims he shot the unarmed Martin in self-defense.