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

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.

Zimmerman's mugshot from today. 
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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