The Florida statute allows use of deadly force
to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felonyor in defense of one's home. Deadly force is justified outside one's home
only if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony. A person does not have a duty to retreat if the person is in a place where he or she has a right to be.The justifications for use of force (much less deadly force) are not available to someone committing a forcible felony, or if he provokes the use of force. There is one exception, and this is the only part that might have relevance to the Martin shooting. If you provoked the use of force, you may not use these justifications
unless:If Zimmerman's account of being on the ground being pounded against the pavement is correct, then even if he provoked the use of force, he would have been in the right, and I can't criticize his decision under those conditions. If Zimmerman was not on the ground being pounded, then his use of deadly force would not be justified by this law, regardless of whether he provoked the use of force, unless Martin was engaged in "the imminent commission of a forcible felony."
(a) Such force is so great that the person reasonably believes that he or she is in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and that he or she has exhausted every reasonable means to escape such danger other than the use of force which is likely to cause death or great bodily harm to the assailant; or
(b) In good faith, the person withdraws from physical contact with the assailant and indicates clearly to the assailant that he or she desires to withdraw and terminate the use of force, but the assailant continues or resumes the use of force.
It has been apparent for some time that a lot of the lynch mob mentality of this case has to do with pushing for gun control,or exacerbating racial tensions as a campaign strategy. Stand Your Ground's relevance is about zero.