Resignation Of Chief In Martin Case Rejected

By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The Sanford, Fla., city commission has rejected the resignation of the police chief harshly criticized for his handling of the Trayvon Martin case.

The commissioners voted 3-2 today to reject the resignation of Bill Lee. The majority blamed the uproar surrounding Martin's death on outsiders.

Police did not initially charge 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who says he shot the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense.

Lee temporarily stepped down as police chief on March 22, saying he wanted to let tensions cool.

Meanwhile, wherever Zimmerman is after his release on bond, a sensitive GPS device is pinpointing his location for authorities and will alert them if he drifts even a few feet away from where he is allowed.

Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder, went into hiding today as he awaits trial.

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