Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder

By:  R. Cort Kirkwood
04/12/2012
       
Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder

The special prosecutor investigating the shooting death of Trayvon Martin has charged the shooter, George Zimmerman, with second-degree murder, according to news reports.  Zimmerman, who went into hiding with his family after members of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) put a bounty on his head, turned himself in after Angela Corey announced the charge.

 
 

The special prosecutor investigating the shooting death of Trayvon Martin has charged the shooter, George Zimmerman (photo), with second-degree murder, according to news reports.  Zimmerman, who went into hiding with his family after members of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) put a bounty on his head, turned himself in after Angela Corey announced the charge.

 
The question is whether she can convict Zimmerman given that he appears to have a credible claim of self defense. Zimmerman says Trayvon, a 6-foot-3-inch tall football player, was trying to kill him when he, Zimmerman, shot the 17-year-old dead on Feb. 26
 
The Charge
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman surrendered to authorities about two hours after Corey announced the charges. In Florida, the Sentinel noted, second-degree murder is a first-degree felony that can end with a term of life in prison.  The New York Times noted that the minimum sentence Zimmerman would receive, if convicted, is 25 years.
 
Corey opened her press conference with this:
 
It was less than three weeks ago that we told those sweet parents that we would get answers to all of their questions no matter where our quest for the truth led us. And it is the search for justice for Trayvon that has brought us to this moment.
 
Apparently, Corey’s investigators have found something to contradict Zimmerman’s account of Feb. 26, when he spotted Trayvon and thought he looked suspicious. Zimmerman maintains that Trayvon attacked him and threatened to kill him, a statement that has not been refuted with other evidence.
 
The Times reported that the severity of Corey’s charge might mean she seeks a plea from Zimmerman to a lesser charge.
 
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Photo: In this, April 11, 2012 photo provided by the Sanford Police Department, George Zimmerman is shown in a booking photo: AP Images
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