BREAKING NEWS: George Zimmerman has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder in the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin on February 26. 2nd Degree Murder is an intentional killing that is not planned or premeditated. The maximum sentence for 2nd Degree Murder is life in prison without parole.
The lead homicide investigator recommended that Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter the night of the shooting. Norman Wolfinger instructed Investigator Chris Serino not to file any charges because his office had decided that there was not enough evidence to lead to a conviction. Wolfinger later recused himself from the case and the governor appointed Special Prosecutor Angela Corey.
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey has announced charges have been filed. She says race is not an issue in the case. As a prosecutor, she only see ones type of "V" Victim. She said law enforcement has had this case under control from the beginning. She did not think there was ever a concern that if charges were to be filed, there would be any issue taking him into custody. Corey said when the call came in yesterday from Zimmerman, a message was taken and his attorneys were contacted. The investigation from the Department of Justice is a separate investigation. They do not work on the other department's investigation, but they do share information.
Corey said that if Stand Your Ground becomes an issue in this case, they will fight those motions. They will fight hard. Sometimes the judge rules against them, but the rule of law will be applied. They fight against cases of mental illness, alibi and other affirmations. She said that at this time Seminole County has jurisdiction. This is something that may need to be addressed in the future.
Corey would not comment on how thorough the investigation was in this case. Before the investigation could be finished, her office was appointed to take over the investigation due to information being released and public outcry for justice. Corey met with Trayvon's parents and said that after meeting with them, the first thing they did was pray with them. They were not promised anything at that time. Instead, they asked what could be done to help the family know their son's death was not in vain. The parents of Trayvon have said they are unable to move past their son's death with no charges being filed.
Zimmerman turned himself in, has been arrested and is currently in police custody in the Orange County Jail in Orlando, according to ABC News.
"Zimmerman's arrest was delayed partly because of Florida's "stand your ground" law, which gives people wide leeway to use deadly force without having to retreat in the face of danger. The lack of an arrest had sparked outrage and rallies for justice in the Orlando suburb and across the country."
Yesterday Zimmerman's attorneys announced they would no longer be representing him due to his failure to stay in contact with them. On Sunday Zimmerman launched a website asking for donations to help pay for his defense. Zimmerman has retained a new attorney, Mark O'Mara. O'Mara who worked as a tv analyst during the Casey Anthony trial for WKMG- Channel 6.