Prosecutors Wednesday charged a neighborhood watch guard with second-degree murder in the killing of an unarmed US black teenager that sparked nationwide anger amid suspicions it was racially motivated.
“Today, we filed an information charging George Zimmerman with murder in the second degree,” Florida state attorney general Angela Corey told a press conference.
“I can tell you, we did not come to this decision lightly,” she added after a weeks-long investigation into the February death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, is accused in the fatal shooting of Martin during an altercation inside a gated community in the central Florida town of Sanford.
Corey also confirmed that Zimmerman, who had gone underground, was now in custody in Florida and would appear in front of a judge at an appropriate time.
As far as the second degree charge, Florida law requires a grand jury before a first-degree murder charge can be brought. So either Corey has the evidence she needs and the DoJ has put the fear of God into them...
...or it's a hell of a sandbag job. It's all going to come down to the police investigation and the chain of evidence. If it's compromised, Zimmerman will walk. If that happens, I'm not sure what will transpire afterwards.