Robert Zimmerman Jr.: George Zimmerman’s brother is on a Twitter rampage

George Zimmerman (left) arrives with his lead counsel, Mark O'Mara, for a status hearing in Seminole circuit court,  in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Credit: Getty Images
George Zimmerman (left) arrives with his lead counsel, Mark O’Mara, for a status hearing in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
Credit: Getty Images

The brother of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, is burning up his Twitter account in defense of his brother, who is set to stand trial for murder.

Robert Zimmerman Jr. already has an active Twitter account, but his most recent tweets have been controversial, to say the least, including a side-by-side photo that compares Martin to De’Marquise Kareem Elkins, a 17-year-old accused of fatally shooting a 1-year-old child during a botched robbery. In the photos, each teen is seen flashing their middle finger at the camera.

“A picture speaks a thousand words. Any questions?” a message displayed over the tweeted photos reads.

Robert Zimmerman, Jr. is furiously tweeting to people who call his brother’s innocence into question or claim the shooting was racially motivated. The main theme of Zimmerman’s most recent tweets is that the media and prosecutors are the ones making race an issue, but that the evidence indicates otherwise.

Some of his tweets, like one that suggests “people think blacks might be risky,” have set off a firestorm of angry tweets from followers, to which Zimmerman is consistently responding.

“4those who call me ‘racist’- were U just as outraged by suggestion that anyone who owns a gun is a murderer?” Zimmerman asked, along with a photo of accused killers, including his brother, James Holmes, Jared Loughner and Virgina Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho. He also promised that the “unraveling of the mythology is almost here.”

The tweeting frenzy comes as George Zimmerman awaits trial on second-degree murder charges, expected to begin on June 10. On February 5, a judge denied the request to delay the trial. Zimmerman has maintained his innocence since he was charged, claiming he shot Martin to death in self-defense after the teen attacked him, breaking his nose and smashing his head on the ground. Photos of bloody wounds on the back of Zimmerman’s head surfaced in December 2012.

The case has ignited protests around the country and put Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law under a microscope.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.

Local

Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing

A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning. Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was…

Local

Brewer celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter pledge

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer celebrated Women’s Equality Day Tuesday by pledging to register at least five women voters before the Oct. 10 deadline. Brewer…

Local

NYPD looking for lewd D train rider

The NYPD is enlisting the public’s help to find a man they say performed a lewd act on the D train Saturday evening. The incident…

Entertainment

QUIZ: How many English words do you actually…

Are you as smart as you say you are? Are you a word nerd? Take this quick vocabulary test to find out if you're a true wordsmith. Good luck.

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 12,…

If you've wondered whether Ali and Bethany knew each other, you got an answer tonight: Yes, and in a very tangled way. But many lingering…

Entertainment

Cymbals Eat Guitars Have Everything to 'LOSE'

At its most basic level, a rock band can be thought of as a family, a group of people selflessly devoted to a cause. When…

Entertainment

"Bachelor in Paradise" recap: Episode 4, 'Week Four'

Some things are hard to watch in a “Human Centipede” sort of way. Other things in an “American History X” sort of way. Does “Bachelor…

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb

Wellbeing

Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…

Home

Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.

Travel

Most popular Labor Day weekend destinations

Priceline.com released its Top 20 destinations for the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. If you’re heading to any of these spots, expect a…

Wellbeing

Working your way to type 2 diabetes: Job…

When it comes to type 2 diabetes, a stressful job can be as risky for your health as a bad diet and no exercise. A…