George Zimmerman Charged With Second Degree Murder In Trayvon Martin's Death
Top Florida attorney announces charges and confirms shooter is in state's custody
Update: 10:15 p.m. ET -- Additional information from a statement released by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office:
"(Zimmerman) was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility (JEPCF) at approximately 8:30 p.m. tonight... Zimmerman was brought to the JEPCF by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. (He) is currently on a no bond status. The next step in the process is first appearance (in court). At this time, the judge may address bond status."
Bail hearings happen daily at 1:30 p.m., according to the news release.
Update: 9:00 p.m. ET -- George Zimmerman has arrived at Seminole County Jail and authorities have released his booking photo.
Update: 8:30 p.m. ET -- George Zimmerman's new attorney, Mark O'Mara, speaks to media:
"He's concerned about getting a fair trail and a fair presentation. There has been a lot of information flowing. I don't think a case like this should be tried here. And I don't think the prosecutor is going to try this before cameras. (The case) needs to be tried in a courtroom and that the only place that it needs to be tried."
Update: 7:35 p.m. ET -- Trayvon Martin's Parents react to news of charges:
Rev. Al Sharpton on news of the charges: "An outcry from all over this country came, because (Trayvon's) parents refused to leave it (at no arrest for Zimmerman)... I did not trust (Gov. Rick Scott). I did not trust the appointment (of Angela Corey). I want to congratulate (them) for being what they should be. Tonight, maybe America can come together and say only the facts should matter when you are dealing with the loss of life. We don’t want anyone high-fiving tonight. There are no winners here. They’ve lost their son. We are still mourning with this family."
Update: 6:05 p.m. ET -- Corey's announcement:
"Today, we filed an information charging George Zimmerman with murder in the second degree."
"Mr. Zimmerman is indeed in custody."
"I can tell you we did not come to this decision lightly. In fact, this case is much like the many difficult homicides in our circuit and we have made numerous decisions in the same manner. Let me emphasize that we do not prosecute by public pressure or petition."
"We launched an intensive investigation, building on all of the work the Sanford and the 18th circuit state's attorney's office had already done."
"...I can assure you the (judge and jury) will only get relevant, admissible evidence on which they can base their decision."
Update: 5:36 p.m. ET -- via an Associated Press tweet:
Official tells AP: Trayvon Martin's killer to be charged with 2nd-degree murder; is in custody.
A CNN analyst spoke with George Zimmerman's new attorney, Mark O'Mara, who confirmed his client is in custody and in the state of Florida.
According to a Miami Herald report, a second degree murder charge could carry up to life in prison, life on probation, and or $10,000 in fines.
Update: 5:00 p.m. ET -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott released the following statement, ahead of Angela Corey's announcement:
“We are fortunate in our state that most Floridians and local civic leaders are law-abiding, responsible citizens who all want justice to prevail. No matter what State Attorney Corey determines following her investigation of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, I trust in the goodness of all Florida citizens to allow our justice system to reach an appropriate conclusion in this case.” (Miami Herald)
A person close to the Florida State Attorney's office says George Zimmerman will be arrested and charged in the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The Washington Post is reporting that the charges are expected to be filed on Wednesday, but it was unclear what charges Zimmerman will face.
The office of Angela Corey has scheduled a press conference at 6 p.m. ET, to discuss what is expected to be an announcement of the charges.
All eyes have been trained on the Florida special prosecutor, one day after defense attorneys announced they were no longer representing George Zimmerman against pending charges in Martin's death.
Following Tuesday's bizarre press conference by Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner, Zimmerman’s former legal team, Corey’s office announced she would speak more about the Martin case “within the next 72 hours.” The press conference is happening much sooner than many media outlets and advocacy groups anticipated.
Stay with Loop21 for more developments in the case.