Breaking News: George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin shooting

Washington Post.com

Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as this 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.

Martin, 17 and unarmed, was shot and killed 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.

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91 Responses to Breaking News: George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin shooting

  1. Raw Video: Zimmerman Arrives at Fla. Jail

  2. Ametia says:

    FLORIDA, REPEAL STAND YOUR GROUND LAW!

  3. Ametia says:

    Standing his ground got him life in prison
    By Jamil Smith
    – Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:54 AM EDT

    Now that George Zimmerman has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, we can expect to see an even greater focus on the “legalese,” so to speak. His (new) attorney indicated that Zimmerman will plead not guilty to the 2nd-degree murder charge; by Florida law, per the state’s standard jury instructions. that means special prosecutor Angela Corey is alleging that when he shot Trayvon, he did so with a “depraved mind,” and “without regard to human life.”

    That indicates that Corey didn’t buy Zimmerman’s claims of self-defense in the shooting. It remains to be seen whether or not Zimmerman’s defense in court will claim Florida’s “stand your ground” law applies to him. Still, this is just the beginning, and it’s likely that the NRA-backed Florida law and its dozens of legislative descendants, fathered in part by ALEC, will remain a front-page topic.

    So while we’re talking, it’s worth chatting about the Georgia version, and black homeowner John McNeil (pictured at right).

    http://mhpshow.msnbc.msn.com/

  4. Ametia says:

    From COLOROFCHANGE E-MAIL

    Ametia –

    We are still devastated by the loss of our son Trayvon Martin, and nothing can bring him back. But today, we are heartened to tell you that justice may finally be served for Trayvon.

    This evening, Florida State Attorney Angela Corey announced that she will charge George Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder, weeks after he confessed to killing Trayvon — and now he’s in custody.

    For weeks after Trayvon was killed, authorities refused to arrest Zimmerman. We couldn’t believe that in 2012, public officials would turn a blind eye to our son’s killing. We couldn’t let that happen.

    More than 2 million people joined our call for Zimmerman’s arrest. We are so much closer to justice with the decision to bring charges against our son’s killer. We feel less alone knowing that so many people stood with our family during this impossible time.

    When Trayvon was just nine, he ran into a burning house to save his father’s life. He may be gone, but he is still our hero. We are so thankful to all of you who fought to honor his memory.

    Thank you for standing with us, and with Trayvon.

    – Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton

  5. Ametia says:

    Dear White folks:

    Between the racist comments, the constant use of the race denial card (this country’s most frequently used “race card”) and the absurd claims of White victimhood, you have really grated my last nerve.

    Sure, we got teary during The Blind Side and Antoine Fisher; we maybe even gave money to KONY2012 and after Hurricane Katrina; we maybe even donned a hoodie to protest the murder of Trayvon Martin. I don’t even doubt there are individuals out there who are genuinely concerned about racism and injustice; I don’t doubt that there are many Whites that marched with Dr. King and whose “best friends” might be Black. None of this matters if African Americans continue to die at the hands of guns held by security guards and police officers all without justice

    I have heard that “we are all Trayvon Martin” over the last few weeks, yet we are not Trayvon Martin – and we never could be. White America is never suspicious. White America can walk to the store without fear of being hunted down. White America can count on justice and a nation grieving at the loss of White life. We aren’t Trayvon Martin, we are George Zimmerman: presumed innocent until proven innocent.

    I want you to close your eyes for a second, and imagine that your son or daughter, sister or brother, granddaughter or grandson, ventured to the corner store for some Skittles and tea but never returned? Can you imagine if Peter or Jan were gunned down right around the corner from your house and the police didn’t notify you right away? Can you imagine if little Sydney or Bobby sat in the morgue for days as you searched to find out what happened them? Can you even imagine the police letting the perpetrator go or the news media remaining silent? Can you even fathom learning about background and drug tests on your child? Can you imagine the news media demonizing your child, blaming your child for his own death?

    Read the rest here:

    http://www.ebony.com/news-views/dear-white-folks-stop-denying-racism

  6. EXPERTS: Sean Hannity could be required to testify about his conversation with George Zimmerman http://thkpr.gs/Hs8YeQ #icymi

    • Ametia says:

      Yes; because KLANNITY can’t have that negro Rev. Al getting all the shine. I hope they do call this mofo in to testify, and GRILL him like a cheese sandwich!

  7. NAACP reacts to second degree murder charge of George Zimmerman http://vsb.li/LewXmo

  8. Sybrina Fulton on what she hopes people will remember about Trayvon: “that he was an unarmed teenager shot by an adult…

    • Ametia says:

      Zimmerman’s attorney is full of shit. It took how long for this MOFO to be arrested, really ARRESTED, and we’re supposed to TRUST the JUSTICE SYSTEM. GTFOH, dude!

  9. The Associated Press ‏ @AP:

    BREAKING: Defense attorney: Zimmerman to plead not guilty to murder in Trayvon Martin shooting

  10. rikyrah says:

    the parents of Trayvon Martin stood up for their child and fought for him.

  11. johnnie stallings says:

    Where is JOE OLIVER?

  12. Sanford Police, how you handled Trayvon Martin’s death is being EXPOSED to the world. YOU picked the wrong blk child to f*ck over.

  13. Diana Moskovitz ‏ @DianaMoskovitz:

    Sybrina Fulton: “I want to say thank you from my heart to your heart.” Then breaks down in tears. #TrayvonMartin

  14. Ametia says:

    Thank God is right, Sybrina. The family just wanted an ARREST.

  15. Rev. Sharpton: We will not be gloating. We are still mourning…This is not a night for celebration.

    • Ametia says:

      Trayvon’s family deserves to mourn for their son. We’re not gloating. We’re with them to support them and see that JUSTICE is served here.

  16. Angela Corey says she is in touch with Department of Justice, they are conducting separate investigation – live video http://bit.ly/GGZ4oj

  17. Angela Corey: “If ‘Stand Your Ground’ becomes an issue, we fight it if we believe it’s the right thing to do.” http://wapo.st/InBdA1

  18. The Washington Post ‏ @washingtonpost:

    Angela Corey now: Today we filed information charging George Zimmerman with murder in the second degree http://wapo.st/HxXFAM

  19. Angela Corey speaking…

  20. Chris Matthews want to know who threw the first punch. Ain’t that a bi*ch? The media ain’t worth a damn. They’re fking hopeless!

  21. ThinkProgress ‏ @thinkprogress:

    FULL TEXT: How Florida defines 2nd degree murder, the reported charge against Zimmerman http://thkpr.gs/HIc5Sn

  22. George Zimmerman has been arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Murder!

  23. gigoid says:

    About damn time…..

  24. Ametia says:

    Thank you, Rev. Al. Joy Reid, Charles Blow, Jonathan Capehart, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ed Schultz! Oh wait, mostly MSNBC folks. THANK YOU!!!!

  25. George Zimmerman: The charges he could face

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/george-zimmerman-the-possible-charges-he-could-face/2012/04/11/gIQA9LRyAT_story.html?tid=sm_twitter_washingtonpost

    Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to charge George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin as early as Wednesday afternoon, a law enforcement official close to the investigation told The Post’s Sari Horwitz.

    It was not immediately known what charge Zimmerman would face for the shooting death of the unarmed teenager in Sanford, Fla. last month.

    Zimmerman has maintained that he was acting in self-defense, while the attorney for Martin’s family says the shooting was racially-motivated.

    The two attorneys who had been representing Zimmerman withdrew from the case Tuesday, saying he had taken actions without consulting them and that they did not know where he is.

    The charges that Zimmerman could face include second-degree murder and manslaughter.

  26. Ametia says:

    THIS AIN’T GOT SHIT TO DO WITH O.J., OK!
    April 11, 2012 2:59 PM

    Zimmerman To Face State, Maybe Federal Charges

    In any event, pretrial publicity is going to create a nightmare when it comes to jury selection:

    If the case does proceed to a state trial, the road ahead will be rough because of the media spotlight, said Craig Watkins, the district attorney for Dallas County, Tex. One of the toughest challenges of prosecuting high-profile cases, he said, is that so many of the early moves show up in public before the trial begins, which can endanger fairness at trial.

    <b.Mr. Watkins said: “It’s like the O. J. Simpson case all over again. Where are you going to find a jury pool that is unbiased and hasn’t heard anything about the case?”

    “The O.J. Simpson case all over again.” I think that’s what we’ve all been fearing.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/

  27. Trayvon Martin parents to hold press briefing immediately following special prosecutor’s briefing on GeorgeZimmerman.

  28. Ametia says:

    These 2 ASSWIPES will be forever linked

  29. Mike Bloomberg: “Stand Your Ground” laws pushed by NRA have not made our country safer. They’ve made us less safe: http://bit.ly/HBqjoh

  30. The Washington Post ‏ @washingtonpost:

    VOTE: Should George Zimmerman be charged in #Trayvon Martin’s shooting death? http://wapo.st/ImJsw6

  31. Breaking News: Angela Corey will announce this afternoon at 6pm new information in the Trayvon Martin case.

  32. BREAKING: Law enforcement official: Charges to be filed in Trayvon Martin shooting, announcement expected at 6p.m

  33. Ametia says:

    George Zimmerman should be charged with no less than FIRST DEGREE MURDER.

    He stalked, racially profiled, and shot to death, Trayvon Martin. The 911 calls, his “fucking coon.” comment, and Trayvon’s girlfriend should seal this MOFOs fate. THROW THE BOOK AT THIS MURDERER!

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