Neighborhood Volunteer Charged With Murder In Trayvon Martin Case
George Zimmerman is behind bars for the death of Trayvon Martin and he may very well be there for the rest of his life if he is indeed found guilty of this crime. This is such a high profile case, I can’t imagine a location where jurors won’t have awareness and opinions going in. I have a feeling this will be going on for some time. At the very least I think it will be good for that community to hear all the evidence.
How closely have you followed this case? Enough to have an opinion you’d care to share on the guilt of George Zimmerman?
Amid furious public pressure to make an arrest in the killing of Trayvon Martin, the special prosecutor on the case went for the maximum Wednesday, bringing a second-degree murder charge against the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed black teenager.
George Zimmerman, 28, was jailed in Sanford — the site of the shooting Feb. 26 that set off a nationwide debate over racial profiling and self-defense — on a charge that carries a minimum of 25 years in prison and a maximum sentence that could put him in prison for life.
In announcing the arrest, prosecutor Angela Corey would not discuss how she reconciled the conflicting accounts of what happened or explain how she arrived at the charges, saying too much information had been made public already. But she made it clear she was not influenced by the uproar over the past six weeks.
“We do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition. We prosecute based on the facts on any given case as well as the laws of the state of Florida,” Corey said.
Martin’s parents, who were in Washington when the announcement came, expressed relief over the decision to prosecute the killer of their 17-year-old son.