On Wed., April 11, forty-five days after the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder.
At a news conference held Wednesday evening, special prosecutor Angela Corey announced the charge against the neighborhood watch volunteer (View Video), thanking law enforcement officials for their hard work and pledging to continue in the pursuit of justice for Trayvon Martin. The 28-year-old turned himself into authorities and was transported to the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, where he was booked and processed. If convicted, Zimmerman could face life in prison.
“He deserves a fair trial. We don’t want anybody high-fiving tonight. There’s no victory here. There are no winners here. They’ve lost their son,” Al Sharpton said of Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, who spoke following Ms. Corey’s announcement. “We simply wanted an arrest; we wanted nothing more, nothing less. We just wanted an arrest, and we got it and I say thank you, thank you Lord, thank you Jesus,” Ms. Fulton said.
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Zimmerman’s attorneys, Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig, withdrew from the case on Tuesday following the creation of therealgeorgezimmerman.com by Zimmerman “to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries” and his speaking to Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity and prosecutor Angela Corey.
By the time Zimmerman was arrested, however, criminal and family law attorney Mark O’Mara had been hired to defend him. O’Mara told reporters, “I think (Zimmerman) is troubled by the fact the state decided to charge him. I think anyone charged with second-degree murder would be scared.” O’Mara asked for no prejudgment, adding “I am hoping the community will calm down. We have to have faith in the justice system.”
A bond hearing (at which point a judge will decide whether bail will be allowed) is scheduled for Thursday, and O’Mara said he would be seeking the release of his client who will plead not guilty. Stay tuned to @ConcreteLoop for the latest as the case develops.