George Zimmerman Arrested On Second-Degree Murder Charge, Pleads Not Guilty
Authorities announced George Zimmerman is in custody in Florida and he will be charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin (17). His attorney has stated that his client, Mr. Zimmerman, would put in a plea of not guilty.
Florida Special Prosecutor Angela Corey was assigned to ex-examine the Martin-Zimmerman case by Florida Governor Rick Scott. In a news conference held in Jacksonville, Fl., Corey was quoted by MSNBC having said:
“We did not come to this decision lightly.”
Zimmerman’s earlier attorneys withdrew from the case after he ceased to communicate with them. Since their withdrawal, George has hired a new attorney, Mark O’Mara, who stated that his client would put in a plea of not guilty and that he would seek his release on bond come Thursday. O’Mara went onto say:
“I think he’s troubled by the fact the state decided to charge him [...] I would think anyone charged with second-degree murder would be scared.”
Martin’s parents briefly held a news conference at Rev. Al Sharpton’s, host of MSNBC-TV’s PoliticsNation, National Action Network gathering in Washington, where Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said:
“We just wanted an arrest, and we got it, and I say thank you. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Jesus.”
Special Prosecutor Corey said that had decided last week to prosecute George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and had informed Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton.
George Zimmerman is being charged with second-degree murder, a charge which could result in a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Attorney for Trayvon Martin’s parents said the decision was about “justice, justice and only justice.” He went onto say that he believes it is imperative that Zimmerman receive a fair trial, regardless of whether or not:
“[...] we believe in our hearts that he was wrong to kill Trayvon Martin.”
What do you think of Angela Corey’s decision to have George Zimmerman arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin?