George Zimmerman To Appear In Court To Face 2nd Degree Murder Charges
George Zimmerman will be hauled into court to face second-degree murder charges Thursday — arrested 45 days after he killed Trayvon Martin and walked free. The charges against Zimmerman show prosecutors didn’t buy his claims of self-defense. Instead, they believe he intended to kill Trayvon. The Florida cops’ refusal to arrest Zimmerman when he killed the unarmed black teenager on Feb. 26 sparked a national civil rights crusade and a series of rallies, marches and petitions.
“It is the search for justice for Trayvon that has brought us here,” special prosecutor Angela Corey told a packed news conference in Jacksonville, Fla. “We did not come to this decision lightly. We do not prosecute by public pressure, nor by petition.” Zimmerman surrendered at the state police office in Jacksonville. He will plead not guilty at his initial appearance Thursday, his lawyer said.
Prosecutors are charging Zimmerman with second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of life without parole. Legal experts had expected the lesser charge of manslaughter — an unintentional killing — especially in light of police officials’ insistence that Zimmerman should face no punishment at all. Legal experts said Corey’s decision to hit Zimmerman with murder charges could give prosecutors — or a jury — leeway.
“By charging second-degree murder she gives herself flexibility in plea negotiations to come down to manslaughter – and gives the jury options to consider if the case results in a trial,” said David Weinstein, a criminal lawyer based in Miami. On Tuesday, Zimmerman’s two former attorneys held an extraordinary news conference to announce they were quitting because they had had no contact with Zimmerman since Sunday.
Sharpton hailed the arrest of Zimmerman, but cautioned against celebration. “We do not want anyone high-fiving tonight. This is not about gloating, this is about pursuing justice,” he said. “They have lost their son.”
Hopefully this azzhole will get the maximum sentence.