WFTV has learned charges against George Zimmerman could be getting more serious.
State prosecutors said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, profiled and stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before killing him, so the FBI is now looking into charging him with a hate crime.
Zimmerman admitted to killing Martin in February during a confrontation. However, he claims the shooting was in self-defense. He's facing a second-degree murder charge, which carries a maximum possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. But if Zimmerman is charged and found guilty of a federal hate crime involving murder, he could face the death penalty.
If the Justice Department decides to go that route, they're going to have a lot to prove to a jury. Frankly, I don't think it's going to get past twelve people unless the FBI has evidence that so far has not been made public involving Zimmerman and his intent. That could be the case. From what I've seen so far, there's not enough there to prove a hate crime to a jury, and that's the important part.
We'll see what the FBI decides to do as far as its ongoing investigation.