Man Who Shot At George Zimmerman Will Use 'Stand Your Ground' Defense
The man who allegedly shot at George Zimmerman last month plans to use Florida's "stand your ground" law to maintain his innocence.
Matthew Apperson, 36, is accused of firing a handgun into the window of Zimmerman's pickup truck from his car on May 11.
Zimmerman's lawyer, Don West, said the bullet missed his client's head by just a few "inches."
Both men blame each other for threatening murder.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Apperson's lawyer said his client will use the "stand your ground" defense.
This refers to the law Zimmerman initially utilized when on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old.
Apperson told police he fired because Zimmerman pointed a gun at him and said, "I'm going to kill you."
West says while Zimmerman did have a weapon on him, he did not point it at Apperson.
The two have had three confrontations over the past few months, and Apperson claimed in September of last year Zimmerman threatened to kill him for an unknown reason as they drove next to each other.
Apperson was bailed out of jail for this most recent incident for $35,000 and is awaiting trial for charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and shooting into a vehicle.
He reportedly suffers from bipolar disorder and anxiety and was released from a mental institution three weeks before he shot at Zimmerman.
On Friday, a judged ordered Apperson to wear a GPS device that will alert Zimmerman if he is close by.
This will be accomplished through a device Zimmerman, who plans to leave Florida soon anyway, has agreed to wear that will sound an alarm.