George may be "not guilty but responsible" for Trayvon Martin's death.
Mind you, I don't think either George or Trayvon had their head on straight. I think both contributed to the escalation of the situation instead of diffusing it.
But I picture it going something like this: George, instead of going back to his car, pokes around playing cop looking for Martin, finds him, asks him what he's doing there. Martin, not having any more sense than George, has had enough of this guy following him, says screw you, and socks it to him. Fight ensues. George, loses fight, kills Martin.
Now the law allows for lethal force to prevent severe bodily injury, which arguably could have happened had Zimmerman been passed out and thumped. And the prosecution (who has the burden of proof) didn't give us any reason to think the situation otherwise. What with reasonable doubt and all.
So George is not guilty, according to self defense laws.
But, I think he's morally responsible, even if the law doesn't hold him accountable.
He never should have been there. And he "forgot he had a gun," yeah right. I am a permit holder and carry concealed at times and I can tell you that you know, always, when you are armed, or you have no business carrying.
I think he knew he had his gun and it emboldened him to look around for Martin playing cop instead of returning to his car. Which is a no no in my book for increased risk acceptance. You don't carry to allow increased risk. You carry for that happenstance need for self defense. If you don't like dark alleyways while unarmed, then you sure as heck don't go down one armed.
In light of his behaviour, I can't give him the MORAL benefit of the doubt. The man just has not shown any sense. Why assume he has any? He seems dangerous. Admit it, you wouldn't want your close friends/family hanging out with him, would you? I wouldn't. He seems reckless, impulsive, and senseless. Like a "crazy ass cracka."