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WaPo: Florida special prosecutor to charge George Zimmerman; Update: 2nd degree murder

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By Doug Powers  •  April 11, 2012 02:28 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Just in from 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.

We’ll post an update later if they announce the specific charge(s) against Zimmerman today.

Update: Zimmerman is now in custody and been charged:

George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

“It is the search for justice for Trayvon that has brought us to this moment,” state attorney Angela Corey said.

Corey also had a message for those who have been rushing to judgment on the case.

“You cannot know what it’s like to launch this type of investigation and come to this conclusion,” State Attorney Angela Corey said during the press conference. ”We don’t prosecute by public pressure or petition. We prosecute cases on the relevant facts of each case and on the laws of the state of Florida.”
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Under Florida law, second degree murder is the unlawful killing of a person when perpetrated by any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind, regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual. The maximum sentence for the crime is life in prison.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

**Written by Doug Powers

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