George Zimmerman: Charged with 2nd Degree Murder

14 Nov

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who admits he shot unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was charged with murder today and has been taken into custody. The charge of second degree murder was announced by Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey at a news conference this evening.

If convicted of the charges Zimmerman could face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Zimmerman, 28, a white Hispanic neighborhood watch captain, shot and killed Martin, who was 17 and black, on Feb. 26 after following the teenager for several minutes.

Zimmerman arrived at the Seminole County Jail in a motorcade of black SUVs, armed agents with automatic weapons guarding him at about 8:24 p.m. He is currently being held with no bond status. The next step in the process is first appearance, which is to be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. At this time, the judge may address his bond status.

Martin’s parents said at a news conference this evening that were grateful that Zimmerman has been arrested. Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, said, however, “This is just the beginning. We have a long way to go.. and we will march and march and march until the right thing is done.”

Zimmerman’s lawyer stated that “He’s troubled by the fact that the state decided to charge him.”. He has nerve.


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