Breaking: George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin killing

NBC just broke the news:

The special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case will announce criminal charges against George Zimmerman about 6 p.m. ET Wednesday, a law enforcement official told NBC News.

The nature of the charges weren’t immediately known, the official told NBC News Justice Department correspondent Pete Williams, speaking on condition of anonymity. But because Angela Corey, the special prosecutor appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to re-examine the case, previously announced that she wouldn’t take the case to a grand jury, first-degree murder is not an option.

MSNBC just also reported Corey’s statement including the news that she will be holding a press conference tonight with new information about the case. Will update the post once it’s online — and any other developments.

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  • Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    Listened to this on the radio, followed by statements from Trayvon Martin’s parents. Now they’re playing a commentary by Rev. Sharpton. Zimmerman has placed himself in police custody back in Florida, Angela Corey said, though she would not reveal exactly where for his safety “and everyone else’s”.

  • Robert

    According to CNN, Zimmerman will plead not guilty which means there will be a trial that will take who knows how long. The prosecution has to prove this:

    “Elements in such a charge include demonstrating the death was caused by a criminal act, and that the act demonstrated a depraved mind without regard for human life.”

    Proving that in court is difficult which is why the article states prosecutors sometimes take plea deals involving 2nd degree murder. The maximum sentence for this is life in prison, a plea deal means he will get less than that if he chooses that option. He may hit the jackpot and be found not guilty which would really piss off the black community. For all of you that oppose the death penalty, if Zimmerman was facing the death penalty a plea deal would probably be life in prison. He is lucky this didn’t happen in Texas.