Trayvon Martin Shooter George Zimmerman Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

(Originally published on 04.11.2012)

Forty-four days after Trayvon Martin was shot to death, George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder and is in custody of Florida officials.

Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey announced today Zimmerman would be charged with murder in the second degree. According to news reports, George Zimmerman turned himself into authorities prior to the special prosecutor’s press conference at 6pm EST, but Corey would not give details of Zimmerman’s location citing safety concerns.

Corey also stated the prosecutor’s office made the decision last week to charge Zimmerman, but would not go into what evidence led to the decision since the case is ongoing. She did state if Florida’s controversial "Stand Your Ground" law became an issue, her team was prepared to fight it.

No bail is currently set for Zimmerman, but his attorney can request it at which point there would be a bond hearing.

Corey also stated that her team met with Trayvon’s parents prior to filing charges, and they prayed together.