FBI Still Considering Possible Hate Crime Charges Against George Zimmerman
It seems that second-degree murder charges might not be the only legal trouble George Zimmerman faces for shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. An Orlando-area news station reports that the FBI may move forward on charging Zimmerman with a hate crime. Currently, the toughest sentence Zimmerman could face is life in prison, but if convicted of a hate crime murder, he could be sentenced to the death penalty.
WFTV doesn't appear to have much information but does say the FBI is actively questioning residents of the Twin Lakes neighborhood where the shooting occurred in order to gather evidence related to possible hate crime charges.
This shouldn't be too much of a surprise, though. The FBI announced back in March that it would investigate the crime. It's unclear how far the investigation has progressed. So just because the FBI is investigating, it does not necessarily mean charges will be filed. But the possibility remains.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Miami New Times' biggest stories.
- ISIS-Sympathizing Uber Driver Who Wanted to Kill Miamians Is Sentenced to Ten Years in...
Sun., Aug. 2, 1:05pm
Tue., Aug. 4, 6:35pm
Wed., Aug. 5, 6:35pm
Thu., Aug. 6, 6:35pm
- Harlem Suarez Planned to Blow Up Key West Beach in ISIS-Inspired Attack
- Miami Is the Most Expensive City in America for Millennials to Rent