Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose death ignited nationwide protests.
Special prosecutor Angela Corey says that the 28-year-old Zimmerman is in custody, but wouldn’t say where for his safety. She said that he will be in court within 24 hours.
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s new lawyer, said that Zimmerman will plead not guilty to the murder charge. O’Mara also said he is “hoping that the community will calm down.”
Corey says that authorities did not come to the decision lightly, nor was it based on public pressure. She wouldn’t disclose other details of her investigation, saying: “That’s why we try cases in court.”
A second-degree murder charge in Florida carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. It is typically charged when there is a fight or other confrontation that results in death and where there is no premeditated plan to kill someone. Read More
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