Can he get a fair trial or is this the rule of mob justice? It is also reported that Zimmerman is already in custody. One prediction via Twitter: 1) Acquittal. 2) Riot. What say you?
George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
“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.
State Attorney Corey said both of Martin’s parents have been notified of the charges and arrest of Zimmerman.
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.
Governor Rick Scott asked for calm before and after Corey’s announcement Wednesday.
“We are fortunate in our state that most Floridians and local civic leaders are law-abiding, responsible citizens who all want justice to prevail,” Scott said in a statement. “No matter what State Attorney Corey determines following her investigation of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, I trust in the goodness of all Florida citizens to allow our justice system to reach an appropriate conclusion in this case.”
Zimmerman has reportedly hired Mark O’Mara, a well-known Orlando attorney for his defense, according to multiple media reports. O’Mara had served as legal analyst for Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG.