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George Zimmerman in Custody, to Be Charged with Second-Degree Murder

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George Zimmerman will finally be charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, according to a report from the Washington Post. The charges will be announced in a news conference later this afternoon. However, it's not clear what charges Zimmerman will face.

Update at 6:07 p.m.: While emphasizing that she based her investigation on facts and the law, special prosecutor Angela Corey announced she has charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

Corey mentioned Zimmerman is in custody, a fact earlier announced by his new lawyer, Mark O'Mara. Zimmerman turned himself in somewhere in Seminole County, but Corey would not mention exactly where he is being held. Zimmerman is currently being held without bond, but he could possibly be issued bond within the next 24 hours.

Second-degree murder charges carry a maximum sentencing of life in prison and a minimum of 25 years if a firearm is used.

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Zimmerman's mugshot from today. 

Zimmerman, 28, fatally shot 17-year-old Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin on February 26 in Sanford, Florida. Police were prepared to charge him with manslaughter, but Zimmerman claimed self-defense and was let go after a prosecutor believed there wasn't enough evidence to suggest he was not protected by Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey was put in charge of the case. She decided to forgo a grand jury and apparently will now prosecute Zimmerman. NBC News points out that first-degree murder charges are not an option.

Zimmerman, meanwhile, was briefly without legal representation. His attorneys withdrew yesterday after they claimed they could not get in contact with their client.

We'll have more as this story develops.

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CAM
CAM

Good i am glad zimmermen will be charged for murder  gee for man that said he got beat up his face looks fine   what broken nose?

stoopidsheep
stoopidsheep

He got arrested. That's what this was all about in the first place, wasn't it? Now that Zimmermans behind bars it's just another murder case. Whites kill blacks,blacks kill whites everyday, thousand of kids die everyday in this country. The unjust has been taken care of now let them system handle it. Everyone has an opinion yet all the facts haven't been presented...so everyones opinions are really just a bunch of horse sh*t till we hear this case out.

markybel
markybel

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz destroyed the prosecution during his appearance on MSNBC. You know the prosecutor is in trouble if a Liberal like Dershowitz and on MSNBC is saying how corrupt the prosecutor has been in this case. See for yourselfhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

to George  They'll rape you that's what they're gonna do. But you're not in jail, you're in holding, and I don't think people usually get raped in holding; hold on.Look, even if you didn't kill anyone, just admit that you killed him. I promise you won't go to jail. Smack on the wrist, I promise you.So, you  if you confess, you won't go to jail.

 I got arrested! They say I fit the description You have to get me out of here . You don't wanna know what they'll do to me  George Zimmerman

AzureMatty
AzureMatty

It's about time, it's about space.Signed,Imogene Coca

George Stoides
George Stoides

George Zimmerman is a typical hispanic male.A little overweight,a little insecure,and completely unsure of his position in this society.So he did what alot of them do. He bought a gun and when out seeking justice for his perceived patron,''the white man''.The only problem is that white people hate hispanics as much if not more than blacks.Two lives lost becuse his old man didn't tell him to stop playing with guns before someone got hurt.

Netta j
Netta j

Justice,will be served!!!!

Gandiiiiiii
Gandiiiiiii

Second degree murder is the fair charge. The do-do will hit the fan if his charges are dropped. Riots will cover the hoods everywhere, then the neo-nazis will start popping off rounds, so will the thugs... Eventually the cops will start beating the shiznit out of people, possibly killing someone. The occupy movement would jump in, and then the civil unrest will be rampant. At that point, either there is no gvmt, or there will be an even more Orwellian regime.  

Another dumb black
Another dumb black

Trayvon was stupid to be wearing a hoodie and lurking in the shadows of a Central Florida gated community which had recently suffered break-ins. Plus he was black. Dumb black kids who show no respect get killed.

pueblo
pueblo

I think the desicion of charge Zimmerman comes from the white house,its a political  and a racial show,oh yes Travon Martyn is dead and that's very sad whatever was the cause but for sad that it looks like nobody cares i mean the protesters or the government or if Zimmerman was rigt or not,they want blood,racial conflit reanimation,that's all.

think for yourself
think for yourself

THIS IS A POLITICAL prosecution!or should I say a political persecution! !remember the duke lacrosse prosecutor Nifong went to jail(only for a day) maybe this prosecutor will be held to the same standards as the race baiting Nifong was!

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 The plot thickens.  Was Georgie's first phone call to his dad.  You gotta get me out of this!"  Papa Zimmerman is a judge: "Don't worry Georgie, I'll take care of everything.  I won't let you go to prison for this.  I'll make a few phone calls and clear this right up for you.  I'm sure that boy had it coming anyway.  Just do what the police tell you to do for now and don't say anything."

Did Zimmerman break his own Nose and cut the back of his head that needed stitche

Rocky Bass
Rocky Bass

From what all I heard, if they had impaneled a grand jury it would have no-billed Zimmerman anyway. But as I have often heard, "you can indict a ham sandwich". The minute they said they were forgoing the political cover afforded by a grand jury, it was CERTAIN that Zimmerman was being charged with SOMETHING!

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 did Zimmerman break his own Nose and cut the back of his head that needed stitches?

It should be noted that George Zimmerman may have received favorable treatment from the police because of his family.?According to court records, his father is retired Supreme Court Magistrate Judge Robert Zimmerman and his mother Gladys Zimmerman was a court clerk. Connections in the legal community run deep and go far.

Robert J. Zimmerman served as a full-time magistrate from 2000-2006. Please be advised that in Virginia magistrates are judicial officers, but they are not considered "judges" and do not possess trial jurisdiction

StanChaz
StanChaz

Help bring some good out of this terrible tragedy. The organization called ALEC has actively fostered the spread of  "STAND YOUR GROUND" laws to many states. These are the very same laws that led to the Trayvon Martin murder in Florida. Many mainstream corporations have funded ALEC, BUT as their funding has been publicized they have withdrawn their support. Call or write or email the following two ALEC supporters: JOHNSON  and JOHNSON, and STATE FARM ...or ....visit www.pfaw.org/ditchALEC. Please urge these companies to their cut ties with ALEC. Tell them that they should not want their brands associated with the dangerous laws ALEC promotes -- including voter suppression, NRA-backed “stand your ground” laws, extreme racial profiling laws targeting immigrants, privatizing public education and protecting corporate polluters. If you do not want YOUR hard earned money to be used AGAINST your best interests, then tell State Farm and Johnson and Johnson, in no uncertain terms:  DON’T FUND ALEC! 

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Did Zimmerman break his own Nose and cut the back of his head that needed stitches?

It should be noted that George Zimmerman may have received favorable treatment from the police because of his family.?According to court records, his father is retired Supreme Court Magistrate Judge Robert Zimmerman and his mother Gladys Zimmerman was a court clerk. Connections in the legal community run deep and go far.

Robert J. Zimmerman served as a full-time magistrate from 2000-2006. Please be advised that in Virginia magistrates are judicial officers, but they are not considered "judges" and do not possess trial jurisdiction

anthonyvop
anthonyvop

      Nothing like institutionalized racism combined with self-serving, media hacks to ruin some poor guy's life.     All of you race baiters should be ashamed of yourselves!!!

ThanktheMonks
ThanktheMonks

"And apparently will no prosecute Zimmerman" but title says he will be charged...which of the two is it Kyle?

pueblo
pueblo

There is a problem when  people don't know what is white or not and they call latinos always like as hispanics as mexicans the hispanics we know well and everywhere but hispanics like you said are not a country not a nationality and in America you have a lot of them from Argentina to Mexico,Argentinians are white,same as Chile,Uruguay,Brasil is a mix country as United States Black & White &chineese same as Cubans,their citicenns come from Italy,Spain,germany,poland,Russia,Holland,Africa,China,etc, so stop calling Hispanic or Latinos and no white and blacks or chineese ,the prototipe you have in mind of,mostly of mexicans are indians like Nicarguans,Honduras,Panama,Guatemala,Peruvians,etc

Eltipo
Eltipo

Sometimes i wish i could dox anon assholes like yourself, then i would find your humble abode and beat the stupid right off you. I bet you got your ass beat by a homeboy, thats why your are mad, bro...

MaoTzu
MaoTzu

 I know all he did was murder someone, I mean why should he be tried right?

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Stop spreading misinformation.  His dad is not a judge.  He was a magistrate in the Virginia Supreme Court from 2000 to 2006.

Yourface
Yourface

Dude you have to be the bigest dumass on the face of this planet I hope some shit like this happens to you and yours so you can put your self in thier shoes. better yet why dont you do the rest of us a favor and go jump infront of a truck.

Well actually
Well actually

None of this would have happened if the Sanford Police Department did a proper investigation to begin with.

Eltipo
Eltipo

ohhh snap, kyle has a free proof reader.

SeemsPrettyBliss
SeemsPrettyBliss

MORE ignorance, Pueblo! WOW! I thought you were actually going somewhere with your post! "you have in mind of,mostly of mexicans are indians like Nicarguans,Honduras,Panama,Guatemala,Peruvians,etc" Those countries are as diverse as the one you mentioned before! Wow! 

Eltipo
Eltipo

how about you stop telling people where to jump :)

MaoTzu
MaoTzu

Actually none of this would have happened if this idiot vigilante would have been at home instead of arming himself and stalking an innocent young man.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 The point is that Zimmerman continued to follow him, after being explicitly told not to by the 911 dispatcher. He was looking for any opportunity to use that gun. Tray would still be alive today if Zimmerman hadn't decided to take matters, and his gun in his own hands. He used the law as a shield. Zimmerman was actively following Trayvon. That, to me, is provocation. If I'm walking down the road and I notice someone stalking me, I'm going to interpret that as a sign of aggression

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 You think ignorance is cute? Well, I suppose you think you think mental retardation is down right adorable

Black Panther
Black Panther

more reason he shouldn't have been following the kid because there was no immediete danger except in Zimmerman's judgmental myopic mind. Guess that's why you sympathize with him. 

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

 You may interpret it as aggression, but the law won't.  Also, he was on the phone with the non-emergency number which is NOT 911.

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