AP poll: Trayvon Martin's death is Florida's top story for 2012

George Zimmerman during a court hearing Thursday April 12, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel, Pool)

George Zimmerman during a court hearing Thursday April 12, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel, Pool)

ORLANDO — Trayvon Martin's shooting death is Florida's top story of 2012.

Newspaper editors picked Martin's death as the state's top story in a poll conducted by The Associated Press.

Florida's voting woes finished second.

The shooting of Martin by an armed neighborhood watch captain in the Central Florida city of Sanford raised questions about race, gun control and equal justice under the law.

A 44-day delay in the neighborhood watch captain's arrest led to nationwide protests, and everyone from President Obama to celebrities weighed in on the shooting.

The former neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense. His trial is set for the middle of next year.

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