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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El....watch the f word. You are speaking broken Spanish and English. You're upset.

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The PIGS black and other write POSTS on my name as I confess myself and writing, this is conspiracy for the reason is necessary another BLACK Holocaust and for other minority, I never apologise for I do not need to do so, you stupids uneducated like the seventh-day adventists for they bring all rubbish in their churches than put ex-political leaders to make advertising for them for their christianity is wicked, like : former President Gorge W Bush, Hillary Clinton, ex-Prime Minister of Australia John Howard. You stupids, I never been an immigrant. You put your ears to gossipers and listen to them the evil seventh-day adventists (7da), jews, blacks you name it. The pests 7da or sympathiser of them as members filled my computer with viruses the same thing did the jews from -cholel chabad- from NY, why is this and I was giving to them donations for I am a vry good and charitable person, but the stupids which want to control and distort can go to HELL also HEL... sink.

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Remember we know nothing of the forensic evidence. Was there a comprehensive post-mortem, has the body been exhumed, was there bruising on his knuckles, where else was there bruising, what story is blood-spatter telling et cetera. I also think malice is clear here, I would NEVER be in that situation (stalking a kid with a loaded gun) but if I was I would never aim a gun at a chest. Theres plenty of other places, aiming there is just intent to kill. Which is how I would vote if I was on the jury.

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Wow..a leader, I'm flattered.. lol..Reed himself can't keep up with his multiple personalities anymore! Must be the inbred redneck factor..LOL To the phantom poster: Cheers man!!

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"scot April 12th, 2012 1:30 AM: nobody in their right mind would call 911 and then murder someone!!!" Good point, but two things....
One, no one ever said George Zimmermann was in his right mind...much commentary seems to indicate he wasnt. Especially since one has to 'be in their right mind' to have forethought malice which brings me to my next issue
Two...technically no one was 'murdered' yet. Murder only occurs if there is provable malice with forethought....otherwise it is simply a homicide til the trial and conviction or acquittal is rendered by a jury.

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AND when he is Aquitted! I will cheer with them! Let's see now- how the OJ fans feel. Sorry Trayvon Mom- nothing personal but your people have shown their ass one to many times.

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What does this have to do with Hollywood? Actually the 2nd Degree charges will make it easier to accquit him. Since they have a higher burden of proof. Manslaughter would be easier, so look for him to be accquited. It will be the OJ trial in reverse the hispanics can celebrate gettin' one over on the racist blacks. By the Blacks own neo-slavery racial definition of one drop of colored blood makes you black, Zimmerman is hispanic by virtue of his 50% hispanic blood. He ain't white, sorry you black racist race baiters. An he will get off...boo hoo for the punk who should have stayed in his own hood, or at least brought more than his fists to a gun fight.