George Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder in Trayvon Martin Case

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George Zimmerman will face criminal charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.

According to a senior law enforcement quoted by CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC and the Associated Press, the neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Fla., will be charged criminally in the February 26 case that has captivated the nation.

A legal analyst said earlier that the most likely charge would be manslaughter, but it was just announced that Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges.

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A press conference announcing the decision took place at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Angela Corey, the special prosecutor appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to look into the incident, stated earlier that she would not take the case to a grand jury.

That automatically ruled out first-degree murder as an option, but the second-degree murder charge was still on the table - and ultimately what Corey decided.

“I can tell you we absolutely did not come to this decision lightly,” Corey told reporters moments ago. “We do not prosecute by public pressure.”

Zimmerman is in custody, Corey confirmed, though she gave no additional details. CNN reports that he surrendered to local officials earlier today.

Lawyers for Zimmerman, 28, stepped down from the case Tuesday, saying he'd become uncommunicative and expressing concern for his emotional and physical well-being.

"As of the last couple days, he has not returned phone calls, text messages or emails," Craig Sonner, one of Zimmerman's former attorneys, said. 

"He's gone on his own. I'm not sure what he's doing or who he's talking to. I cannot go forward speaking to the public about George Zimmerman and this case and continue representing him because I've lost contact with him."

Describing Zimmerman as "emotionally crippled" by the scrutiny he's faced in the wake of the shooting, attorney Hal Uhrig said Tuesday that he and Sonner are concerned for their former client's mental and physical well-being.

They also implied that he may have considered leaving Florida in the wake of the intense media scrutiny, but that's a moot point now.

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Sonner and Uhrig told reporters that Zimmerman, against their advice, had contacted the special prosecutor, Corey. He also set up his own website to collect donations without his lawyers' knowledge, they have said.

George Zimmerman, who is half white and half Hispanic, maintains he was acting in self-defense when he shot the African-American Trayvon Martin, 17.

Zimmerman has said he shot Martin in self-defense after the youth struck him in the face, knocked him down and began pounding his head into the ground.

But many believe Zimmerman was in fact the aggressor, emboldened by his status as the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain in his neighborhood.

The teen was killed shortly after Zimmerman called 911 after seeing him walking in his neighborhood at night, stirring national debate over racial profiling.

Martin was unarmed at the time, but police found insufficient evidence to prove that Zimmerman acted outside the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law.

The Florida state law broadly permits the use of deadly force if a person is attacked and fearing severe harm or death and acting in self-defense.

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And for god sake show a recent pic of trayvon! He was over 6'0 tall and had gold teeth! He was a man not a little boy as depicted in EVERY pic the media puts out! What does everything have to be spinned? Why can't we just get non biased news?!

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@rainbowadmin FINALLY someone on this board is making sense!! Yes someone should charge the black panthers for their terroristic threats against whites. Let's pressure someone into charging the black panthers just how the state of Florida was pressured to charge Zimmerman!

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@Wow, the idiot that is claiming that he is spanish, is nothing but a white guy name Reed. This dude have at least 50 different usher names that have already been used. You will be one of the names that he is going to be using to make it seems like you are this racist person. Reed have done me and other's like that plenty of times, also sometimes I be wondering why other usher's be thinking that I'm racist. So don't worrie, I do have a planned....

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If anyone wants to learn about black holes also the smoky holes as well go to NASA/JPL. There are not discrimination between this holes when NASA/JPL explain. OK?, enjoy.

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Para el loco e tambien el : WOW, su tradition familiar no es de tiera de mexico de America Central to eres -mongolico-, ponga en el buscador de Google la origine de los mexicanos marimberos que mi robaran mi auto en mexico. No sei mas yo estuve tratado mal in mexico miesmo you ajudei con donationes mexicanos e tambien eu era un voluntario de reparar computadores e despois lo reparei me poneren afora disendo mintira de mi, mi chamaran de puto e nunca hisiste esto mas mexicanos haga e se emburacha con Tequila e la Corona la cervesa mas linda, mexicanos necesita misericordia e ellos son arogantes e tontos sin educasion e no quere aprender, son corutos e feios negros com multas decorationes e colores. Tu nem peol menos ni sabe de escrever ingles, vai a la miarda su tonto americno latino.

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EL Abogado or whatever the fuck ur name is.....shut the fuck up! Ur making latinos look bad. I am 100% mexican-american! Im prolly the whitest mexican my friends know but im proud of my mexican heritage as much as my american heritage! Its bull shit that ur on here talking some stupid shit and let alone u cant even word what ur trying to say properly! If u have racist things to say do it elsewhere cause its not welcome on this general forum! Go find a site that specializes in racists sons of bitches like urself and maybe they speak ur broken language too and u can sound like fucktards together!!

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Breaking news! Allen Dershowitz, Harvard law prof. that was on O.J.'s Dream Team says that based on the evidence Zimmerman will NOT be convicted. NOW! Let's get to something really worthwhile. How about getting a petition going to pressure Eric Holder to go after the Black Panthers for "racist" crimes....or at least threatening such things! Yep. It's time.

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