Update: The Associated Press is reporting that George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman turned himself into Florida police earlier this afternoon and is now in custody. He has also hired new legal representation.
Florida prosecutor Angel Corey, who’s office made the decision to charge Zimmerman, emphasized in a press conference this evening that the criminal charges were brought based solely on the evidence and not public pressure.
Corey said she and her office decided to charge Zimmerman last week, but waited until now, to ensure the charge was accurate, to reveal the decision to the press.
The prosecutor refused to say what led to the charge, but made it clear that she and her team thoroughly reviewed the details surrounding the incident. She insisted that the charge did not take a long time to bring forth, but that the procedure was normal as usual.
When asked about Zimmerman’s claim of self defense based on the Stand Your Ground law, Corey said she and her office will fight such a defense.
Corey said she is concerned about the amount of public attention the case has gained, and the details that have been leaked to the press are concerns in fairly trying Zimmerman.
If you missed it, watch part of the press conference below.
Original post: The news that Trayvon Martin‘s family has been waiting 45 days for is finally about to come. Sources say that special prosecutor Angela Corey will announced that George Zimmerman will be charged for the February 26 shooting death of the unarmed teen.
Earlier this week, Corey released a statement saying that the case would not be heard by a grand jury. Now, her office seems to be making the decision to charge Zimmerman for killing Trayvon.
According to the Washington Post:
Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday 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.
This news comes a day after Zimmerman’s attorney’s unexpectedly quit on him, after they claim he “went dark” by not returning their phone calls, emails, or text messages. For his own part, Zimmerman has created a website to supposedly tell his side of the story and to solicit donations from his supporters (?!) to pay for his legal and living expenses.
The press conference announcing the criminal charges against Zimmerman is said to be taking place today at 6PM ET.