Apr 11 - George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin shooting

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Apr 11 - George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin shooting
 

 

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George Zimmerman charged with 2nd-degree murder in teen shooting

SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, has been charged with second-degree murder in the 17-year-old’s death, the special prosecutor announced Wednesday.

The official, speaking to The a.ssociated Press on condition of anonymity, said prosecutor Angela Corey would announce the charges at a 5 p.m. news conference. An official said Zimmerman was in custody and will be charged with second-degree murder. Corey confirmed only that she would make an announcement at that time.

The Martin family and their attorney, Ben Crump, renewed their pleas for calm as the hour approached.

“We don’t need anybody taking these matters into their own hands,” Crump said.

The law enforcement official said that authorities knew where Zimmerman was and were planning to arrest him soon rather than let him turn himself in. The official said he was not in Florida.

Zimmerman’s shooting of the unarmed black teenager Feb. 26 brought demands from black leaders for his arrest and set off a furious nationwide debate over race and self-defense that reached all the way to the White House.

The 28-year-old Zimmerman, whose father is white and whose mother is Hispanic, said the teenager attacked him. Martin’s family argued Zimmerman was the aggressor.

On Tuesday, Zimmerman’s lawyers announced they were withdrawing from the case because they hadn’t heard from him since Sunday and didn’t know where he was. They portrayed his mental state as fragile.

“He is largely alone. You might even say he is emotionally crippled by virtue of the pressure of this case,” said one of the lawyers, Hal Uhrig.

The case has drawn the interest of the highest levels of the Obama administration, with the Justice Department’s civil rights division opening its own investigation.

Zimmerman’s arrest was delayed partly because of Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which gives people wide leeway to use deadly force without having to retreat in the face of danger. Florida is among 21 states with such a law.

Tensions have risen in recent days in Sanford. Someone shot up an unoccupied police car Tuesday as it sat outside the neighborhood where Martin was k!lled. And a demonstration by college students closed the town’s police station Monday.

Six weeks ago, Martin was returning to the home of his father’s fiancee from a convenience store when Zimmerman started following him. Zimmerman told police dispatchers he looked suspicious. At some point, the two got into a f!ght and Zimmerman used his gun.

Zimmerman told police Martin attacked him after he had given up chasing the teenager and was returning to his truck. He told detectives that Martin knocked him to the ground and began slamming his head on the sidewalk. Zimmerman’s father said that Martin threatened to k!ll his son and that Zimmerman suffered a broken nose.

A video taken about 40 minutes after the shooting as Zimmerman arrived at the Sanford police station showed him walking unassisted without difficulty. There were no plainly visible bandages or blood on his clothing, but Zimmerman may have had a small wound on the back of his head.

The shooting ignited resentment toward the police department, and Police Chief Bill Lee temporarily stepped down to let passions cool.

Civil rights groups and others have held rallies around the country, saying the shooting was unjustified. Many of the protesters wore the same type of hooded sweatshirt that Martin had on that day, suggesting his appearance and race had something to do with his k!lling.

President Barack Obama injected himself into the debate, urging Americans to “do some soul-searching.” “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said March 23.

The local prosecutor disqualified himself from the case, and Gov. Rick Scott appointed Corey, the prosecutor for Jacksonville, to take it over.



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Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation.

It was not immediately clear what charge Zimmerman will face.


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Martin, 17 and unarmed, was shot and k!lled Feb. 26 by Zimmerman, who said he was acting in self-defense. Police in Sanford, Fla., where the shooting took place, did not charge Zimmerman, citing the state’s “stand your ground” law.

Corey told reporters Tuesday night that she would hold a news conference about the case within 72 hours. A news release from her office said the event will be held in Sanford or Jacksonville, Fla.

Benjamin Crump, who is representing the Martin family, said earlier this week that Corey’s office had asked where Trayvon’s parents would be each day this week. They arrived Wednesday in Washington for a civil rights conference organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton, where they are scheduled to speak.

The announcement of a charge against Zimmerman would come a day after Zimmerman’s lawyers withdrew from the case, citing their inability to contact Zimmerman.

Lawyers Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig Tuesday expressed concern about Zimmerman’s emotional and physical well-being, saying he has taken actions without consulting them. They also said they do not know where Zimmerman is.

“You can stop looking in Florida,” Uhrig told reporters. “Look much further away than that.”

Corey said Monday that she would not bring the case before a grand jury, which was expected to convene this week. She said her decision to forgo the grand jury should not be viewed as a factor in determining whether charges will be filed.

Corey has indicated in recent weeks that she might not need a grand jury to bring charges against Zimmerman.

The lawyers said they stand by their a.ssertions that Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he k!lled the 17-year-old, who was unarmed, but they acknowledged that they formed their impressions without meeting Zimmerman.


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 George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin shooting, official says - The Washington Post


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343 comments for "Apr 11 - George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin shooting"

 6 years ago '11        #2
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and it begins...
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Justice for Trayvon
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Prepare the walls, a sh*tstorm the likes the world has never seen before is brewing
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 04-11-2012, 01:35 PM         #7
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justice for "US"
 6 years ago '07        #8
Ham Rove 3511 heat pts3511
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good.
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Even fox news is reporting he will be charged
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this will be interesting.
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 TB said:
funny how the zimstans avoiding this thread and the thread where his lawyers quit :hmm:
You didn't even give it a half an hour.

People supposed to live online now huh?

Wonder if it'll be homicide or manslaughter?
 04-11-2012, 01:41 PM         #12
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maxnn 129 heat pts129
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The fu*k is a Zimstans? You saying this dude has stans on this site?
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Bkjj11 3548 heat pts3548
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hes dying whether free or in jail aka shanked!
 6 years ago '05        #15
Stuart Scott 200 heat pts200
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 maxnn said:
The fu*k is a Zimstans? You saying this dude has stans on this site?
Not stans. n*ggas who just defend him.

Let's see how this pans out.
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 04-11-2012, 01:49 PM         #17
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 mR ReZiW said:
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justice for "US"
are yall following this out in london?
 6 years ago '04        #18
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Good. Now hopefully all the facts come to light and we finally get a better understanding of what actually went down that night.
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 TB said:
funny how the zimstans avoiding this thread and the thread where his lawyers quit :hmm:



:agreement6::agreement6::agreement6::agreement6:
 6 years ago '05        #20
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i think he'll get a manslaughter charge
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