Attempted Murder Verdict In Shooting Trial

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) – A Florida man who fired a gun at George Zimmerman’s truck during a road-rage confrontation has been convicted of attempted second-degree murder.

Local news outlets report jurors also found 37-year-old Matthew Apperson guilty Friday of shooting into a vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm. He faces sentencing Oct. 17.

Apperson testified that he acted in self-defense last year. He said he fired at Zimmerman because Zimmerman flashed a gun

But prosecutor Stewart Stone told jurors that Zimmerman’s vehicle had tinted windows, which were rolled up during the confrontation.

Apperson’s attorney, Michael LaFay, attacked Zimmerman’s credibility, calling him a liar.

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Zimmerman was acquitted three years ago in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old. That case sparked protests and a national debate about race relations.

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This story has been corrected to show Apperson’s age is 37, not 27.

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