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Candlelight Vigil for Trayvon Martin; Three Lucky Winners Will Split the Estimated $656 Million Jackpot; Police Confronted by Gunmen after Burglary; More Evidence Surfaces in Trayvon Martin Case; Final Four Tips Off Tonight in New Orleans

Aired March 31, 2012 - 17:00   ET


DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: The Trayvon Martin killing, the calls for justice grow louder by the day. In focus and in depth tonight, Trayvon, race in America.

Six hundred and fifty six million dollars split three ways, don't tell that to this people.

Politics and religion, like oil and water and front and center in Wisconsin.

Hello, everyone. I'm Don Lemon. Thank you for joining us this evening. They arrived by the bus load. Thousands of people carrying signs, leading chants. Proving that public outrage over the shooting of Trayvon Martin is only escalating.



(CROWD) No peace.


(CROWD) No peace.


(CROWD) No peace.


LEMON: Justice for Trayvon, it was on their banners. On their signs. A mass of protesters marching on the Sanford, Florida Police Station. Furious about the way investigators handled the Martin case. Police did not charge or even arrest George Zimmerman, the man who admits shooting Martin. The Reverend Al Sharpton says, the anger won't relent until Zimmerman is booked and fingerprinted.


REV. AL SHARPTON, MSNBC HOST, "POLITICS NATION": If you shoot us in Sanford, it hits us in Harlem, it hits us in Chicago, it hits us in L.A. We will stand together. (END VIDEO CLIP)

LEMON: George Zimmerman got suspicious when he spotted Trayvon Martin walking in his neighborhood on February 26th and followed him. What happened between them isn't clear, but Zimmerman claims he shot martin in self-defense. Martin was not armed.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Say it loud, I am.

(CROWD) I am.


(CROWD) You are.


(CROWD) We are.


(CROWD) Trayvon.


LEMON: The reach of this case has gone far beyond Sanford, Florida. This is a rally in Washington, D.C. that we're looking at. Protesters held hands in a large circle demanding justice for the slain 17-year- old. And in just about an hour, we're expecting to see another show of support for Trayvon Martin and the family he left behind. It is happening in a place that was once very near and dear to his heart.

John Zarrella standing by live at the site of the candlelight vigil for Martin, John. Is the crowd starting to gather now?

JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Not quite yet, Don. But they will he here, we're just been told that his parents are going to be here, probably right around 6:30. So, about an hour-and-a-half from now. You mentioned, a place near and dear to Trayvon's heart, from the time he was five-years-old here at Forzano Park, he played football in the Optimus league, up until the time he went to high school, when he kind of had to change a heart and he decided he likes aviation more. And I'm joined by his coach, and Coach Horton, you coached him, Jerome, and you knew him growing up. And this event tonight, what do you hope to get the message out? Who is this for?

JEROME HORTON, MARTIN FAMILY FRIEND: This is truly for the Martin family, Tracy and Sybrina to let them known that Trayvon was their son, but he was also mere my Optimus son. We watched him grow from five years old to 14, 15 years old. And we just want to let them know we're behind them 110 percent. They're not in this fight alone, we're fighting with him.

ZARRELLA: A lot of young men who he played with and grew up with are going to be here tonight?

HORTON: Yes. At least maybe 100, 150 of them have reached out to me to tell me that they're going to be here in support of Tracy.

ZARRELLA: You think this is going to be an emotional night. And we were saying earlier that unlike so many of these others, marches that have taken place, this one is very personal. The people that really knew him best are going to be here.

HORTON: Yes, everyone that has come across Trayvon and Coach Tracy's path at this park are going to be here. I mean, Trayvon worked in this concession, I mean, for every day. Monday through Friday. Monday through Saturday, every day, and so many people, I still take calls from them right now, asking me, you know, is that the kid that was working in the concession? And I have to tell them, oh, yes, that's him. In that case, we're going to be there. He was so respectful, we're going to be here.

ZARRELLA: Yes. And that concession stand just over there.

HORTON: Stand right there. So far, we're not going to be able to see him in there, asking those, what do you want to order, anymore.

ZARRELLA: You're pretty confident though that this is going to be a big night and quite clearly, an emotional night.

HORTON: I think it's going to be very emotional because I mean, we love everything that we see going on around the world, protests and everything for Trayvon, but these are people from this part that knows Trayvon, that watched Trayvon grow from a little kid to the young man that he was.

ZARRELLA: And lastly then for you, you said the young man that he was. Everything that we hear, he was a good young man.

HORTON: He was a great young man. He wasn't just good. I mean, good is an understatement for him. He was a great young man.

ZARRELLA: Coach, thanks so much for spending time with us. And Don, so again, about 6:30 this evening, it should really get started. And that's when we expect that Tracy and Sybrina, his parents, will be here for this candlelight vigil. And the coach was telling me, Coach Horton that he's brought about 500 candles for this evening. So, do they do expect that there will be quite a crowd gathered here -- Don.

LEMON: John Zarrella, and you'll see it here on CNN. Thank you very much, we appreciate your reporting.

And viewers, I'm not sure if you saw the interview last night with CNN's Piers Morgan and cultural commentator Toure. At issue, the Trayvon Martin killing. And I think it's safe to say that conversations similar to this one are taking place all across the country. Take a listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) TOURE, CULTURAL COMMENTATOR: Another black person who is unarmed and innocent and not doing anything wrong has been killed, and this is incredibly painful and goes back before you were born and before your father was born and before my grandfather was born. So these are things that hurt as an American very deeply, and you are too new to this situation to fully understand what's really going on here and what is really at stake for America.

PIERS MORGAN, CNN ANCHOR: What a load of fatuous nonsense you speak, Toure, don't you? You think you have the only right to speak about what is serious in America? You think that I don't have the right as somebody from Britain who spent the last six, seven years here to address the story like this...

TOURE: Six whole years. You have the right. You have the right.

MORGAN: As much right as you do to have a comment on this.

TOURE: But you don't understand what is going on here.


LEMON: And that was just 43 seconds of that discussion. Tonight, make sure you join us this weekend as we continue what has turned out to be a very heated discussion, discussion about race and the role that it's played in the Trayvon Martin story that's coming up later on this evening on CNN. Make sure you stay tuned.

Did you check your lottery tickets? While most of us awoke to the realization that we didn't win, three lucky individuals did win and will split the massive $656 million jackpot. Lottery officials said the winners are from Maryland, Illinois, and Kansas. I'm from Georgia.

CNN's Athena Jones is at the lucky Maryland store right now, Athena.

ATHENA JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Here at the 7-11 just outside the City of Baltimore where last night at 7:15 p.m., the lucky winner came in and used the machine back there, you can see the people lining up right now to buy more tickets, they used the back there, that machine to do a quick pick lottery ticket, spending $1 for one line of numbers. But luckily for that winner, it was the winning numbers. And so, this person will have a chance to take part, or will be to take part in this huge jackpot with two other winners. This is, of course, a record jackpot. Much bigger than the $390 million record set back in 2007. We had a chance to talk with the Maryland lottery director about what kind of advice they give to winners. This is what he have to say.


STEPHEN MARTINO, DIRECTOR, MARYLAND LOTTERY: Our advice to the winner, to the extent that we give any advice, is to get good advice and hopefully that they'll reach out to some trusted advocates for them, both financially and legally, and then at an appropriate time, come in and make a claim on the ticket. (END VIDEO CLIP)

JONES: Now, not even a day has passed of course since these winners found out that they won, but they haven't come forward yet, and I should tell you that under Maryland law, lottery winners aren't required to take part in any kind of publicity unlike in some other states. And so, we may never find out who won. In fact, last year, two big winners of power ball lottos never came forward. So, we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

LEMON: Time to talk some politics. Republican presidential hopefuls are spending the day in Wisconsin. It's the biggest prize in Tuesday's trio contest which includes Maryland and the District of Columbia. The day's main event was the meeting of religious conservatives.

And CNN's political reporter Shannon Travis joins me now from Waukesha? Is that right, Wisconsin?

SHANNON TRAVIS, CNN POLITICAL REPORTER: Waukesha, it's an acquired taste. Yes, it takes a few times.

LEMON: I should know that being from Chicago. I just saw it come up and I'm like, wait a minute, what is that?

TRAVIS: Not that far from Chicago.

LEMON: Not that far. So, what's going on, tell us?

TRAVIS: Yes, basically, what you have today is a political two-for, Don. You've got an event that is about to happen just a few short hours away from now. The Reagan-Lincoln dinner here at the country springs hotel. Governor Scott Walker, you know, he's got that recall effort he's trying to fight here. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich will be here also. They were here earlier today for a totally separate event, sponsored by the family, the faith and freedom coalition, they give speeches in addition to Rick Santorum. He was here also earlier today. Excuse me, later in a few hours, it will be Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, not Newt Gingrich. Newt Gingrich was here earlier. OK. Not that we have that cleared up, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney earlier today all gave speeches, basically courting the evangelical votes a few days ahead of this Wisconsin primary, 42 delegates at stake, and all of them want some of them -- Don.

LEMON: So, Shannon, I remember sitting here last week in this very seat and over the alert came over that Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich had a private meeting, right? And you picked up -- I'm wondering what both men had to say about that, if it was something that was detectable in their remarks after that meeting?

TRAVIS: Yes, I mean, you know we love anything with the word secret in it, right? So, we got news like you said a few days ago about this secret meeting between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. It happened in Louisiana just ahead of the primary last weekend. We talked with the former house speaker about it. He said, you know what? Pretty much we meet all the time. I asked him about it just yesterday, and take a listen at him explaining his conversations with his rivals.


NEWT GINGRICH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The three of us have a general agreement to want to beat Barack Obama. If Santorum is the nominee, I will support him and Romney will support him. If Romney is the nominee, Santorum and I will support him, if I ended up being the nominee, both Romney and Santorum will support me. Now, the fact is, we're committed to defeating Barack Obama, and we have known each other a long time, and we want to make sure that however this thing comes out in the end, that the republican nominee defeats Barack Obama. And I think that's the essence of the conversations we have.


TRAVIS: Now, Don, keep in mind, he didn't answer the question specifically what him and Romney talked about in that meeting. He talked more broadly about the conversations that he has with them and this agreement that whoever wins, they'll support, the other two will support the one person. But also it was interesting that he was revealing that him and Romney are in contact, that him and Santorum are in contact. It's actually interesting also, one other thing of note, Don, since we have learned about that meeting, I have been following Newt Gingrich and I've noticed that he hasn't gone as hard after Romney as he has previously. So, what does that mean? Only they know.

LEMON: We know what it means. It's politics. It happens every time. You beat up on your opponent and then you're like, oh, he's the best, he's going to win. He's great for this country.

TRAVIS: You said it, not me.

LEMON: And every time, we know what is going to happen. That's just the game. Thank you very much. Shannon Travis.

TRAVIS: All right, Don.

LEMON: OK. Thank you. If you wondered how Osama Bin Laden spent his days in hiding, one of his five wives is telling all. You'll hear from her right after the break.

And later, with the odds of winning the mega millions lottery set at one in 176 million, why do people still play? Why are we still talking about it? I didn't win. I didn't win. I'm over it. But anyway, we'll going to talk with human behavior expert Wendy Walsh about the psychology of lotto players like me.


LEMON: Let's check your headlines right now around the world. The peace plan pushed by former U.N. Chief Kofi Annan has done nothing to end the bloodshed in Syria.

Pro-democracy activists say, at least 40 people were killed today across the country despite an agreed-to cease fire. The violence undermine a peace plan approved by President Bashar al-Assad. The opposition also says, the key activists who ran a media office in the City of Homs has been arrested.

The lawyer for an American soldier accused of carrying out a massacre in Afghanistan says, the military is stonewalling him. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales faces 17 counts of murder. His lawyer says, prosecutors are blocking access to witnesses and information. John Henry Browne added, that when prosecutors don't cooperate, it's usually for a reason. He believes this indicates the case against Bales is weak.

A U.S. official says, it's just a coincidence that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Saudi Arabia when new sanctions against Iran's oil industry were announced. Clinton met with Saudi King Abdullah on Friday, and analyst estimate nearly a million barrels of oil a day could be lost because of sanctions. Washington hope Saudi Arabia can make up the shortfall on the world market.

Osama Bin Laden fathered four children in the years between 9/11 and his death. That's according to one of his wives who told interrogators all about the Bin Laden family's life in hiding. CNN's Brian Todd has a story for you.


BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): He was alternately hiding, running, and fathering children in the years after 9/11. New details of Osama Bin Laden's life on the run have emerged, given by his youngest wife, Yemeni born Amal Ahmed Abdel Fatah. According to a Pakistani police interrogation document obtained by CNN, Ms. Fatah told police that she and her family lived in Pakistan for almost all of the nine and a half years between the September 11th attacks and Bin Laden's death. Consistently during those years, Pakistani leaders said this about Bin Laden's whereabouts.

YOUSUF RAZA GILANI, PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER: I don't think that Osama Bin Laden is in Pakistan.

TODD: The interrogation report filed in January is paraphrased by a police official. The report has Amal Fatah saying, the family lived in at least five locations in Pakistan after 9/11, in at least five safe houses.

(on camera) According to the report, Amal Fatah says right after 9/11, her family scattered. She says, she went from the area around Kandahar, Afghanistan, to Karachi, Pakistan. Stayed there for about eight or nine months. In mid-2002, she says, she went to Peshawar, Pakistan reunited with Bin Laden there. Then she says, the family went to Swat in Pakistan, stayed there for about eight or nine months. In 2003, she says, she went to the City of Harapor (ph) in Pakistan, stayed there for about two years. Then in 2005, she says, she went to Abbottabad, Pakistan to that compound where she says, they stayed for about six years until Bin Laden's death.

(voice-over) Bin Laden may not have been with her that entire time, but Fatah says, while they were on the run, she gave birth to four of the five children she had with Bin Laden. In her report, the report says, she claims to have given birth to two children in a Pakistani government hospital. She says, she only stayed in the hospital for two or three hours each time. The "New York Times" cites a separate document saying she gave fake ID papers to hospital staff. I spoke with terrorism analyst Brian Fishman about the children born in those years.

(on camera) What does that suggest about his mindset during those years on the run?

BRIAN FISHMAN, TERRORISM ANALYST: Well, I think, you know, we have this notion that he was interested in preserving his legacy. You know, we've got that famous video of him watching his old videos, sitting there, you know, in the house in Abbottabad. So, you know, it's possible to think that he wants to have a big family, he wants to be seen as a major sheik.

(voice-over) A U.S. official tells us Bin Laden's wife's accounts seems plausible. We've tried several times to get responds from Pakistani officials to these accounts, specifically ask them if anyone in the government knew Bin Laden's wife gave birth in a government hospital. We've gotten no response. Brian Todd, CNN, Washington.


LEMON: Why do people play the lottery when they know their chances of winning are between slim and none? Our favorite human behavior expert, Wendy Walsh, is next with some insight. Can you tell that I'm not happy about this, Wendy?

But first, this. For those of you who didn't win the lottery, here are some tips on how to pay for the high cost of college. It's this week's "Smart is the New Rich."


CHRISTINE ROMANS, HOST, "SMART IS THE NEW RICH": More than $22,000 is what you'll need to attend an average public college this year. At private colleges, the average asking price is twice that. Where are you going to come up with all that money? The April issue of money magazine uncovered 25 secrets to paying for college.

Kim Clark is the senior writer at money who covered the story. Kim, you say that kids cannot cut living expenses. They can take cheaper courses. These are two important ways to cut costs.

KIM CLARK, SENIOR WRITER, MONEY MAGAZINE: Right. Well, when you look at the $22,000 number, people don't realize that about $9,000 or $10,000 of that, that is living costs. That's a great way to cut your expenses. One way to do that for example is to ask for maybe less ritzy dorms. The standard dorm is, you know, shared with one other person. But if you ask to triple up or quadruple up, you can save $1,000, $2,000. Another way is to do some chores. They are coops and scholarship houses where you work four, five hours a week and you save huge amounts of money. The scholarship houses around the University of Florida, they say, cost only $2,000 a year for room and board. And that's of $6,000 a year... ROMANS: And you can take cheaper courses. How do you do that?

CLARK: Right. A lot of schools are offering discounted tuition on summer school, and of course, you can get your pre -- out of the way by taking A.P. classes or community college courses.

ROMANS: That's really good advice since we know that 40 percent of kids who get to school, get to college, still need some remedial matter...

CLARK: Yes, community college.

ROMANS: So, do that first. They're not wasting the money on the more expensive course.

CLARK: Right. Correct.

ROMANS: Kim Clark. Thank you so much.

CLARK: You bet.

ROMANS: "Smart is the New Rich." I'm Christine Romans.



ROMANS: Many of the 500 million people using twitter dropped a line or two about the mega millions lottery. Former basketball star Jose Canseco offered the winners some help by saying, "Make sure you get in contact with me. I can tell you how much your life is going to change and can warn you about all the parasites that will try to take advantage of you." And then Adam Jusco (ph) would said, combined the lotteries with politics and jokingly said, "Santorum and Gingrich are still insisting they could win last night's mega million." Very interesting and fun comments.

All right. Millions waited in lines around the country hoping to get a piece of the mega millions lottery. Only three won in Maryland, Illinois, and Kansas. And now, each get a little over $218 million. Oh, man, how are they going to survive on that? Despite the odds, just 176 million people line up to fork over their cash, hoping to win.

Wendy Walsh, a human behavior expert, Wendy have been watching very closely. I know the stats by heart. I have seen so many stories on them. I was like, I could be one of the 176 million in the odds here. So near impossible odds, but it really got people excited.

WENDY WALSH, HUMAN BEHAVIOR EXPERT: It got people excited because, you know, we're in a recession. People love to have a rescue fantasy. Women are famous for the rescue fantasies. You know, we have the Cinderella complex. There's a fairy godmother who's going to come in and save us. Guys, they haven't traditionally had it so much. Maybe the Peter Pan complex that Wendy is going to come and take care of him and all the other lost boys. And I won't do it Peter. But basically, this is what people do, is they hold out hope, especially in times of recession. Did you know, Don that 21 percent of Americans think playing the lottery is a good way to save for retirement?

LEMON: Are you kidding me?

WALSH: I kid you not. Now I should say, also, that most of those people only hold a high school education.


WALSH: So, they're not thinking that they can depend on themselves to save for retirement.

LEMON: I guess, it was good for that one person or that in 176 million who won, or those three people. That's a great retirement plan. But considering the odds, you know, for the rest of us, not so good. You tell people about the odds. You have a better chance of being -- I know it sounds terrible, struck by lightning 600 times than winning the thing. Six hundred more times than winning the thing. For many people, that doesn't faze them though. Why?

WALSH: It doesn't faze them because they're in love with hope. And as I said, people love to have this rescue fantasy, that all will -- and you know, it's a subtle form and for some people, it's a major form of gambling. It's the same dopamine rush you get with a gambling addiction. Maybe I could win. Maybe I could win. And then you get the letdown afterwards.

LEMON: Yes. It was funny, we were in the middle of dinner last night in Manhattan, and two of the people we were with, left the table to go by lottery tickets. And then while we were there, it was announced that someone else won, and just as soon Wendy, everybody is over, nobody talked about it anymore because it's done.

WALSH: That's right. It's done. Well, you know, I have a policy in my house, my dad always thought me that lotteries are the way that the government taxes the poor. So, you should never buy a lottery ticket. And I have trained my kids to do that. And so, my kids, we didn't buy any tickets. And of course, ten minutes before the thing, I have a friend over for a glass of wine and she pulls out of ticket and says, do you want to buy half?


WALSH: And I ended up buying half of her for the first time in my life.

LEMON: Does sadness set in right away though? Does sadness set in, or is it just fun?

WALSH: I think for most people, it's fun. But for people who are in dire straits, Don, who really believe that this could change their life and their suffering, this is a big letdown.

LEMON: All right. Well, at least you can say you tried. And now you know the real deal because you have watched at them, Wendy. Thank you, Dr. Wendy Walsh.

WALSH: You all know about the Trayvon Martin case, but there's another controversial shooting to tell you about. Police in Pasadena shot and killed an unarmed teen. Details on that story right after this break.


LEMON: Stories making news right now. Thousands of protesters rallied in Sanford, Florida, the city where Trayvon martin was killed. You know, they marched on the police station, angry over the way investigators handled the investigation. Police did not charge or eve arrest George Zimmerman, the man who says, he shot Martin in self defense. In about a half hour, the candlelight vigil will be held at a football field where Martin used to play.

Remember the case of Susan Powell who disappeared in Utah? Court documents released yesterday show police found her blood in the family home not long after she vanished in 2009. Police were using that fact to build a case against her husband, Josh. The grandparents said if police had acted on the early evidence, the children might still be alive today.

You may soon get a warning from your credit card company saying your account may have been hacked. Someone breached Global Payments, one of the largest payment processing firms. All major cards may have been compromised. As many as 10 million Visas and Mastercards have already started alerting customers.

A lie cost a young man his life. A man called police in Pasadena, California, to say he had been burglarized by two armed robbers. They took his backpack, all right, but then they weren't armed. Minutes later, when police confronted them, they were ready for the worst.

Here is Miguel Marquez with the story.


MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Police say when they responded to the burglary, they were on full alert. The alleged victim, Oscar Carrillo, who called 911, told the dispatcher two men who stole his backpack and computer were carrying guns.


DISPATCHER: Did they have any weapons?

CALLER: Yes, they have a gun.


MARQUEZ: Minutes later --


DISPATCHER: Do you remember anything about the gun? CALLER: Both of them have a gun, man. They both, and they run away from me.


MARQUEZ: Two officers, only a few years each on the Pasadena police force responded, no lights, no sirens. Police cars in Pasadena are configured to automatically record events when lights and sirens go on. It appears there was no recorded version of what transpired.

Police say 19-year-old Kendrick McDade ran away from the police car, his hand on his waist. For a block and a half, the police car chased McDade until officer Matthew Griffin caught up with him. They were just feet apart, police say. Kendrick McDade then turned toward the officer still in his police car. With seconds to react, the officer from the driver's seat fired.

PHILLIP SANCHEZ, CHIEF, PASADENA POLICE DEPARTMENT: Pasadena officers responded to that scene believing that an armed robbery had just occurred. The shooting of Mr. McDade is absolutely tragic.

MARQUEZ: McDade was shot at and hit multiple times by both officer Griffin and backup officer Jeffrey Newland. McDade was carrying no gun and had no stolen items on him. His 17-year-old alleged accomplice was charged with grand theft. No gun was found on anyone.

CAREE HARPER, MCDADE'S FAMILY ATTORNEY: This crime was being black at night, in the wrong place at the wrong time. Every officer is given the discretion when and when not to pull the trigger.

MARQUEZ: Kendrick McDade is not the likeliest victim. A good looking 19-year-old, no police record, attending classes at a community college, played high school football and wanted to be a lawyer.

ANYA SLAUGHTER, VICTIM'S MOTHER: Kendrick was a good kid.

MARQUEZ: McDade's mother, who just gave birth to her third child last week, is deeply grieved.

SLAUGHTER: This has been a very traumatic time for me. I really don't have that much to say. I just know that I want justice.

MARQUEZ: Arrested in connection with the shooting, 26-year-old Oscar Carrillo, the burglary victim, arrested because police say he lied throughout his 911 call about McDade and other suspects having guns. He was arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter. The L.A. County district attorney hasn't decided if he'll formally charge him.

Officers Griffin and Newland have been listed as victims on the initial police reports. They're currently on paid time off.

(on camera): Currently, there are three investigations going on into the incident, by the Pasadena police, the L.A. County Sheriff's Office, and an independent investigation by the L.A. County district attorney. All three investigations are expected to take weeks if not months to complete. Miguel Marquez, CNN, Pasadena, California.


LEMON: All right, Miguel.

As more information surfaces in the Trayvon Martin killing, there seems to be more questions than answers. Coming up, we'll take a look at the police surveillance video with our legal expert, Holly Hughes.


LEMON: It has been more than a month since Trayvon Martin was killed but many of the details of what happened that night are still unknown. This week, few key pieces of information have surfaced in the case.

Let's talk law and justice with Holly Hughes. She's here and she's a criminal defense attorney.

Do you know any other shootings like this one where there has been no arrest?

HOLLY HUGHES, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY & FORMER PROSECUTOR: I can't think of any. When you're talking about out in public on the sidewalk, one person is dead and unarmed and the other isn't, I can't think of any time that I haven't seen an arrest. If might be different if you're in your own home and you fired on someone who has broken in, but nothing like this, Don.

LEMON: I ask you this because people say why is this case such a big deal? Even on the plane today coming back from New York, people were asking me that.

HUGHES: Right.

LEMON: There has not been a case like this one. It's unusual for many different levels.

HUGHES: Extremely.

LEMON: Let's talk about the surveillance video. George Zimmerman, after the shooting, was in handcuffs, taken into Sanford Police Department for questioning. It sounds like an arrest, looks like an arrest.

HUGHES: It does. And quite frankly, I think it was an arrest because the initial police report, we're now finding out, the detectives put on there that the charge could be negligent homicide or manslaughter. We know this detective wanted him arrested. The legal test we use for are you under arrest, is do you feel free to leave? Would a reasonable person feel free to leave? When you're restrained in handcuffs and transported into the police department, you're not free to leave, you're not free to walk away. That's the legal definition of arrest.

What we're hearing this week, which we hadn't heard before, is that the police wanted to arrest him, wanted to book him, fingerprint him, and someone from the state's attorney's office told them you have to release him, you don't have enough.

LEMON: When we do these stories, there's a difference between an arrest and taken in for questioning.

HUGHES: Exactly. That's sort of an invitation to come to the police station for questioning. You can say no. When you're under arrest, you're not free to walk away or decline.

LEMON: It's one of those things like a suspect and a person of interest. There's a fine line.

HUGHES: Exactly.

LEMON: CNN's Anderson Cooper spoke to an eye witness who described what they saw right after Martin was shot. Take a look.


UNIDENTIFIED WITNESS: It was dark, but after the shot, obviously, someone -- a man, got up. And it was kind that period of him, I can't say I watched him get up, but maybe within a couple seconds or so, then he was walking towards where I was watching and I could see him clearer, and see that it was a Hispanic man. And he was -- you know, he didn't appear hurt or anything else.


LEMON: Does that change anything, Holly?

HUGHES: It changes a lot of things. First of all, I want to know, did this eye witness that we're hearing from now, originally give a statement to the police? Because if not, why not? We're hearing this a month later, after so many of those things that we hear have been covered in the media. We now know that George Zimmerman is Hispanic. We now know there is a question of, were two men on the ground tussling. I'm not hearing anything in there that hasn't been reported by one media outlet or another. So I have to question --


LEMON: I'm glad you said that about Hispanic. In the beginning, they were saying he was a white man.

HUGHES: Correct.

LEMON: The reason that was being reported, that's what was in the police report. And then later on, when you look at his voter id card, it said Hispanic.


LEMON: So, initially, the reporting was he was white in this case.

HUGHES: Right. LEMON: George Zimmerman's father is a former judge. Do you think that played into the case at all?

HUGHES: We can't say definitively, but I think it is a fair question. And I think that the attorney representing the Martin family will definitely want to delve into it because we know George Zimmerman had charges prior to this incident that were against the police, that were dropped. They sort of went away. Then we know that the police are telling us this week, we wanted to arrest him for manslaughter and the state's attorney, another body of lawyers, said, no, let him go. You don't have enough. So I think it's a fair inquiry. Like you got asked on the plane, why is this case different? Why is this defendant being treated different, even though he's not technically a defendant yet. Why is this person of interest treated differently in this particular instance? I think it's fair game. It's just a fact. It's what happened.

LEMON: Very interesting. We're obviously following it.

Thank you very much, Holly. Appreciate it.

HUGHES: Thank you.

LEMON: So, how did you do with your NCAA brackets this year? Well, now it's down to the final four. Next, a live report from New Orleans previewing tonight's college basketball showdown.

But first, we have this for you. When disaster strikes, one former Marine rallies together an army of veterans to help. Meet "CNN Hero," Jake Wood.



LEMON: Troubled former quarterback, Ryan Leaf, has been arrested. Reports that Leaf has posted bond after he was arrested on burglary, theft, and drug charges. He was the second player chosen in the 1998 NFL draft behind Peyton Manning. At the time, a lot of experts considered Leaf the better player, but his pro career was a bust, lasting only a few seasons. Ryan Leaf arrested. We'll follow up.

The final four tips off tonight in New Orleans. I wish I was there. Louisiana and Louisville play first in a bluegrass state showdown. Then Ohio State and Kansas will take the court.

CNN's Carlos Diaz outside the Superdome.

Carlos, if I had a transporter, I would switch positions with us right now.


What is going on behind you? Before I get to it, what is that madness behind you?


CARLO DIAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This is madness behind me. These guys are truly --


-- out of control behind me. Of course, Kentucky fans, Louisville fans, Ohio State fans and Kansas fans.


I have to tell you --


The Louisville fans do not like each other and Kansas fans don't like each other. John Calipari and Rick Pitino don't get along.


Serious note, there is no sports team that is a professional sports team to unify the fans in that town.


In fact, let's hear from the fans right now from Louisville and Kentucky.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A house divided is one U. of L. fan and one Kentucky fan. You watch it in two different rooms.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We enjoy the rivalry a lot, and it does get heated, though.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There's going to be a lot of trash talk, let's put it that way. A lot of trash talk.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You see where they put me, back here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Louisville fans in the back.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They won't let me roll my window down.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Kentucky fans talk a lot.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Big blue nation right there, baby.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: After this al happens, is our city going to be safe?


I sure hope so.



LEMON: And of course, Carlos, you're trying --


LEMON: You're trying not to laugh and that makes you laugh even more.


DIAZ: I know. It's amazing. The fans here are really out of control. It is the first time, by the way that Kentucky --


Kentucky -- Don, stop laughing. That Kentucky and Louisville have met in the final four. A lot on the line tonight.

There is a serious topic, Don.


Stop laughing. There is a serious topic to talk about. Ohio State and their point guard, Aaron Craft. He has a brother, Brandon, who left for Afghanistan.

And we talked to Aaron about how his brother inspired him growing up to be a better person, to be a better basketball player and to get to Ohio State.


AARON CRAFT, OHIO STATE BASKETBALL PLAYER: I got to play two years with him in high school, football and basketball. So that was awesome just to see him in his element, his leadership, and to see him in his element, his leadership and his work ethic. It's helped me prepare me to where I am now.

JARED SULLINGER, OHIO STATE BASKETBALL PLAYER: I think his brother is tough enough. He's a Craft. You see Crafts out there on the basketball court, you know how his brother can get. By any means, I know he's coming back home.


DIAZ: So basically, Aaron was walking the streets of New Orleans the other day and autograph seekers said, hey, how's Brandon? A lot of people are talking about Brandon. And Aaron's trying to focus on the game tonight


Don, stop laughing.


DIAZ: It is crazy here in New Orleans.

Yes, you're killing me. You're killing me, dude. Real quickly, are you wearing Louisville or Ohio State colors today? That's what I want to know about.

LEMON: No one.


LEMON: I'm out of it. I don't' really care. I just want to be down in New Orleans and drinking hurricanes and eating some good food and horsing around with those crazy looking people.


LEMON: What are they in? Is it hosiery or nylons?


DIAZ: These are like unitards a lot of fans are wearing. It's a new fad and it's quite embarrassing for me to show you on TV.


LEMON: You are a good sport. Thank you, Carlos.



Our team, the Lemon Team, as we like to call it, Team Lemon, was part of the Mega Millions Lottery pool. Clearly, we're among the unlucky millions. But we did have a backup plan for today's show just in case. A glimpse inside our alternate universe straight ahead.


LEMON: One woman's career as a journalist ends in an instant. Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how a blow to the head changed her life forever.


LEMON: A candlelight vigil is scheduled in Florida tonight in memory of Trayvon Martin. An update on the story is next.


LEMON: Getting you caught up on today's headlines right now.

A candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin is about to get underway in Florida. It's happening in a football field where Martin used to play. This follows a massive rally earlier at the police station in Sanford, Florida. Protesters are angry police haven't charged or arrested George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin in self-defense.

The White House says a meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah wasn't tired to an announcement of new sanctions against Iran. Washington has been pressing Saudi Arabia to make up the expected shortfall in oil on the world market. Analysts estimate nearly a million barrels of oil a day could be lost because of sanctions.

A select few lucky people awoke this morning multi-millionaires. You lucky dogs. While nobody has come forward yet, we do know the three winners of last night's Mega Millions lottery will divide the $656 million jackpot. That means each of them will get about $218 million. Lottery officials said the winners are from Maryland, Illinois and Kansas. At least 42 people matched five of the six numbers. That means about a payout of about $125,000 each.

Sadly, our team was not on the list. Although we didn't get a shot at the 100, we had a plan for you. Here's what we planned to do just in case.


LEMON: That's what it would have looked like had we won.

I'm Don Lemon at the CNN world headquarters in Atlanta. Thanks for watching. See you back here at 7:00 p.m. eastern.