Apperson’s charges are upgraded to attempted second-degree murder. Apperson is also charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm. State Attorney:
Our law enforcement community and the State Attorney’s Office works vigorously to ensure people may travel our busy streets, going about their business, without fear. Every resident and visitor to Seminole County deserves this freedom.
My reaction to these charges is a pronounced shrug. I’ve reviewed the charges and they don’t change the facts. The prosecutors have put their heads together and tried to contemplate what could be the most serious charges, but that doesn’t really change anything. This is a case of self-defense.
Apperson’s arrest record says he has been dealing with mental health issues, with a police officer saying:
During the investigation, I learned that Apperson has exhibited unusual behavior in which he had recently been admitted to a mental institution. It appears that Apperson has a fixation on Zimmerman and has displayed some signs of paranoia, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
There wasn’t much explanation of Mr. Apperson’s conduct that made sense, the way that Mr. Zimmerman described. If he [Apperson] does have some mental issues I think that might very well go a long way in explaining what was otherwise very bizarre yet very violent behavior.
Apperson is arrested on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and one count of firing a deadly missile into a vehicle. Apperson turned himself into police and bond is set at $35,000. Police said they determined Apperson fired his gun at Zimmerman without provocation. Zimmerman’s lawyer says Zimmerman was in town for Mother’s Day and was on his way to the doctor when he noticed Apperson following him. He made a U-Turn, and Apperson followed. Then, he said, he caught up with Zimmerman and pulled along side his truck and fired a bullet into the side window. Apperson’s lawyer.
We expected this as Mr. Apperson, under the advice of counsel and exercising his Constitutional right did not provide additional statements to law enforcement. He had already made statements and this is deemed sufficient, as of now. Mr. Zimmerman apparently did make statements and as such, it appears a decision was made to arrest on the basis of Mr. Zimmerman’s statements. That is neither unusual nor was it unexpected.
Zimmerman is injured in the face by glass fragments when Apperson shoots through his car windshield, near Lake Mary, Florida. An employee at a nearby business says he was exiting his car after lunch when a man drove up and started yelling about the shooting.
I shot George Zimmerman, call 911. I don’t have a phone.
The man, later identified as Apperson, told him that he and Zimmerman have had three disputes. This time, Zimmerman waved a gun and he man shot at him. Zimmerman did not fire any shots. Zimmerman is released from the hospital.