Fourty-four days after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the office of Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey announced that she will bring charges against George Zimmerman for the killing of the unarmed teen.
This news comes on the heels of over a month of protests and growing outrage calling for Zimmerman to be arrested and be brought to justice for Martin’s death.
Just yesterday, Zimmerman’s defense team announced they were withdrawing from the case because of their client’s refusal to stay in contact with them. In a news conference, Zimmerman’s former laywers also indicated that they did not know where Zimmerman was, but that they did not believe he fled the country.
At press time, the type of charges the prosecutor will seek against Zimmerman is unknown, but legal experts predict that Angela Corey will bring manslaughter charges against the 28-year-old man. However, because Corey didn’t take the case to the grand jury, she cannot seek First Degree Murder charges at this time.
A press conference is scheduled later today to reveal the charges George Zimmerman will face.
* (5:39pm ) NBC News is reporting that George Zimmerman was taken into custody and the Associate Press is reporting that he will be charged with Second Degree Murder. Special persecutor Angela Corey will hold a press conference at 6pm Eastern Time to share more details of the case.
*(6:07pm) Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey just announced her office issued a capias of arrest for George Zimmerman and will be charging him with Second Degree Murder relating to the death of Trayvon Martin. She also confirmed that he was taken into custody.
If convicted, Zimmerman can face up to life in prison for killing Trayvon Martin.