The timeline established by both sides in court, states Z left his truck to follow when Trayvon ran, then lingered to get a better look at a street sign and an address so he could both guide the incoming cops to his location and get a better sense of where the person he was observing had disappeared to. He was already out of the truck when the dispatcher told him he "didn't need to do that". Hardly a command, more of a friendly suggestion for his own safety. In any event, Z answered OK and indicated he was heading back to his truck. HE WAS FOLLOWING THE DISPATCHER'S ADVICE! It was somewhere on the trip back to the truck that Trayvon confronted Z, asked him if he had a problem, then proceeded to assault him with deadly weapons. Trayvon had every opportunity to "get away" from Z as he had passed beyond his sight 4 minutes earlier. 4 minutes to do anything he wanted to do. he CHOSE to double back and confront Z and assault him.
Originally Posted by FyredUp
In any event, let's say the Rear Ends Sharpton and Jesse fantasy scenario have it right, poor little Trayvon was jumped by Z. Under Florida self defense law, even if you start a fight, once the other party starts using "deadly force" on you, you can respond in kind and self defense applies to his death at your hands. Blows to the head and smashing onto concrete aside, the second he reached for Z's gun he turned a fistfight into a deadly force encounter and justified his own homicide. End of story.
776.041 Use of force by aggressor.—
The justification described in the preceding sections of this chapter is not available to a person who:
(1) Is attempting to commit, committing, or escaping after the commission of, a forcible felony; or
(2) Initially provokes the use of force against himself or herself, unless:
(a) Such force is so great that the person reasonably believes that he or she is in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and that he or she has exhausted every reasonable means to escape such danger other than the use of force which is likely to cause death or great bodily harm to the assailant; or
(b) In good faith, the person withdraws from physical contact with the assailant and indicates clearly to the assailant that he or she desires to withdraw and terminate the use of force, but the assailant continues or resumes the use of force.