George Zimmerman to be Charged in Trayvon Martin Killing

| by Michael Allen

Updated 3:10 PST

Prosecutor Angela Corey announced that the State Attorney's office will be charging George Zimmerman with second degree murder for the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

CNN is reporting that Zimmerman is now in Florida and has turned himself over to the State Department of Law Enforcement.

Updated 2:40 PST

Special prosecutors in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case confirmed that they will hold a press conference at 6:00pm EST to discuss charges being filed against Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.

State Attorney Angela Corey says that she will release additional details about the case at that time.

Updated 1:40pm PST

George Zimmerman will be charged in Sanford, Florida, for crimes related to the shooting of Trayvon Martin over one month ago. It is not yet clear what Zimmerman will charged with, though it appears the special prosecutor has already ruled out first degree murder.

In Florida, a first degree murder charge requires a grand jury hearing, a step that special prosecutor Angela Corey has already chosen to forego. With that charge off the table, the options remaining to Corey range from second degree murder all the way down to aggravated assault.

Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, plan to hold a news conference immediately following the special prosecutor's official announcement of the indictment. They will appear alongside the Reverend Al Sharpton in Washington, D.C., according CNN.


According to an unnamed law enforcement official, Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey will charge George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

The Washington Post reports it is not immediately clear what charge Zimmerman will face.

Martin was shot and killed on Feb. 26 by Zimmerman, who claimed he was acting in self-defense.

At the time, Sanford, Florida police did not charge Zimmerman, citing the state’s “stand your ground” law.

Corey told reporters on Tuesday night that she would hold a news conference about the case within 72 hours.