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George Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin case

April 11, 2012

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— 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. She wouldn't disclose Zimmerman's whereabouts for his safety, but said that he will be in court within 24 hours.

Corey says that authorities did not come to the decision lightly, nor was it based on public pressure.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Second-degree murder 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.

Zimmerman has asserted since the Feb. 26 killing in Sanford that he shot the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense after the two fought.

Comments

its_just_math 2 years ago

I think today's bond trial's outcome could point to a weak case for the prosecutors. Loved too how the prosecuting attorney repeatedly, by no accident, kept referring to the "crime" that Zimmerman committed. Has that actually been proven? I guess since he was charged, in scumbag lawyer-speak, he can now say it. Still, a $150k bond and the terms of release don't bode well for any serious conviction, if any at all. Again, if Martin was white and Zimmerman black, this would've been a 1 or 2 column inch story on page 12B, if that.

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RogersState80 2 years ago

Im glad they finally decided to arrest this nutcase before he kills anyone else. Frankly, Im appalled at some of the readers who wanted this guy to be set free. How can you possibly support someone that shot an unarmed teenager multiple times? Im sure they would feel differently if Treyvon was their kid.

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Steven Gaudreau 2 years ago

And that's how police detectives and d.a.'s work so now you can all shut your pie holes.

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