Florida state prosecutor Angela Corey has charged George Zimmerman with second degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the Associated Press is reporting. He is already in custody.
It has been over 40 days since Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon inside a Sanford, FL gated community.
Zimmerman has been missing since the night of the shooting and the case has subsequently become worldwide news, prompting activists, celebrities and even President Obama to speak out.
Yesterday Zimmerman’s lawyers withdrew from the case, citing their inability to contact Zimmerman.
Lawyers Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig expressed concern in a news conference about Zimmerman’s emotional and physical well being, claiming he has taken actions without consulting them.
According to reports, Zimmerman voluntarily surrendered himself to authorities, he has new council and he was out of the state of Florida.
Zimmerman’s new lawyer Mark O’Mara told CNN that his client turned himself into police.
Corey spoke with Sybrina Martin moments before she announced the charges against Zimmerman at a news conference in Jacksonville, FL. Corey told the room full of reporters:
“We have charged George Zimmerman charged with murder in the 2nd degree and he is in custody.”
Corey continued saying:
“We do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition. And it is the search for justice for Trayvon that has led us to this moment.”
Corey said she will not discuss evidence in the case, but says the standard is proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Right now, no bond is set on Zimmerman and prosecutors won’t disclose Zimmerman’s whereabouts for his safety.
Below is the official STATE OF FLORIDA V. ZIMMERMAN: Charging document for 2nd degree murder-
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