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Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder

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George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who says he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, has been charged with murder in the second degree, special prosecutor Angela Corey told reporters Wed


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. (0)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 3:50 pm
How is one charged with second degree murder when the victim had no weapon?

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 4:15 pm
About time

Ellen m (215)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 4:23 pm
The second i got the text alert from NAACP on this i was so ecstatic i shared everywhere.
Elation quickly waned when i heard that the charge was only second degree murder...Thanks Cal

michael hall (42)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 4:53 pm
justice not revenge...justice not scapegoat-justice not a crowd hanging...

michael hall (42)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 4:57 pm
'only 2nd degree?'- 1st degree means 'premeditated'...2nd is incredible...

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 5:13 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Sue H (7)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 5:22 pm
Something is better than nothing.... I guess.

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 5:43 pm

Terry King (113)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 5:55 pm

long overdue.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 6:04 pm

As we know Zimmerman can not spell honest - can he spell LIFE IN PRISON?

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 6:57 pm
Zimmerman's life will be in danger every moment he is in prison -- they will have to put him permanently in Solitary "for his own safety", literally -- if I were he, frankly I would kill myself rather than face 30, 40 years of fear......

RosemaryRannes HusbandHospitalHome (650)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 8:22 pm
Ditto to Ellen's comment.
NAACP website to read the full statement
Justice for Trayvon will be served. Prayers rising for Trayvon's family.


Past Member (0)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 6:36 am

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 9:04 am
Thank you. Noted. I wonder how long it is because I don't really know about it. I believe Zimmerman will be punished again somewhere because of what he did. Jail punishment can be dangerous for him too. People may hate him and he may be abused (or worse: may be killed) by other prisoners. So, I believe he'll get what he deserves. Time will show.

It reminded me about the murder by some religious extremist to someone. And they only got 9 months jail time for killing??? How being different issue is really sensitive for some persons so they even could kill someone else. And the bad thing is the punishment seems too easy for them.

I pray for Trayvon's family and other victims' family because of being different issue. May one day they'll live peacefully with others who accept their difference.

Jessica C (178)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 9:43 am
Not good enough. The 911 tapes prove that Grand Dragon Zimmerman premeditated Trayvon's murder.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 9:51 am
First degree murder typically requires proof of premeditation. This can be difficult to prove in the best of circumstances. Given the extent to which local police botched the investigation initially and the subsequent media circus around this case, the special prosecutor probably opted for the lesser charge to ensure a higher probability of conviction. Also, filing a first degree murder charge would have required holding a grand jury inquiry...and the prosecutor didn't want to risk the grand jury letting him go.

Ultimately, no amount of justice will bring Trayvon back; his loss is a tragedy that cannot be undone. All that can be hoped now is that justice does its job and gets it right.


R. G (12)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 9:57 am
I'll agree that Zimmerman don't seemed wrapped too tight, but these charges should have been decided by a Grand Jury. Jessica, I take it that you have not listened to the tapes that where not doctored.

Arrest Warrant:

Carol H (229)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 9:59 am
noted, thank you Cal

Lauren Berrizbeitia (68)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 12:19 pm
Chances are pretty good Z. did not set out that night to murder someone, so second degree murder seems appropriate. Let's see what actually happens, though, with the Stand Your Ground law. Just because he is charged - which is a start - doesn't mean he'll be convicted. At least the state finally charging him is recognition that a crime occurred!

Elle B (84)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 12:38 pm
Thank-you Cal. I saw this break yesterday and was relieved for Trayvon Martin's family foremost and for all those deeply concerned across the nation and globe. It only took over 2 million petition signatories, thousands marching in the streets across the nation, scores of civic leaders, legal and academic experts, media personalities and a host of other heavy hitters weighing in to get legal remedies to prevail. WOW at that rate we better halt ALL the budget cuts right now! It has become more than obvious over the past several weeks that planning, implementation and labor, hence costs, involved in a single arrest has increased monumentally and needs to be accounted for immediately. Every government body across the nation better get with it and adjust their line items accordingly. . .that would be straight upwards. ..exponentially.

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” ― John F. Kennedy

“Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Donna G (42)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 1:25 pm
Second degree murder charge against Zimmerman is the best that we can expect. First degree murder requires premeditation, of which there is no evidence. At least, none that has been made public. Now, we wait to see if there is a conviction.

Rebecca Y (26)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 1:25 pm
The "If only"s" of life. If only he had not brought a gun with him......but then it seems cowards always use guns to get their point across...whatever that they AREN'T smarter or braver or anything....just cowards who kill innocent people. When will it ever stop?

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 2:43 pm
Let's hope the FL government also makes some legal changes to make 'legitimately appointed deputies' and other citizens defending themselves immune to prosecution if they use riot and nonlethal ammo and methods to avoid a kill, so Neighbourhood Watch will still be useful and be able to protect neighbours instead of accidentally killing them.

Ray M (0)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 3:36 pm
GOOD. It's about time.

michael hall (42)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 3:58 pm
none of us here were there that night and a person is innocent till proven guilty in a court of law. so let us not hang him before his days in court. Who are we to judge when we don't know what happened? Lay down your stones folks....

marie C (163)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 4:40 pm
Life in UK for that kind of crime is about 7 years Do not know how long he will get in USA

Mike m (9)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 5:27 pm
Very rational and good point Michael H. However, remember that sometimes 2 + 2 actually do = 4

Friday April 13, 2012, 6:54 am
It is always dangerous to meddle in other people lives, especially if your not legally empowered to do so. If Zimmerman had not been playing "Police office," then the kid would still be alive!

pam w (139)
Friday April 13, 2012, 10:28 am
Mr. Zimmerman deserves a day in court....and so does Trayvon Martin.

Let's not try the case here....

Judy A (0)
Friday April 13, 2012, 12:12 pm
I agree. This is what the legal system is about. I am so sad someone has passed but since I do not have any first hand true facts, I will keep my opinion to myself.

John Coleman (18)
Friday April 13, 2012, 1:08 pm
If you read the requirements for a 2nd degree murder charge in FL you will see that it is over charged and will never be proven since the fact that Zimmerman had injuries from the incident will negate some of the factors that the prosecution needs to prove. This has been a political not a judicial process and a shame. If it comes out that Zimmerman was in fact being assaulted then it is self defense and nothing else. Hopefully this ginned up farce will end up with real justice rather than this racial hype that has all the trappings of the Duke "rape" case.

Barbara DeFratis (23)
Friday April 13, 2012, 1:13 pm
Justice has Been Served--About time. After all, If Trayvon Martin did get his hands on him--George Zimmerman very well deserved it. After all, George Zimmerman was the one who ignored the police instructions not to follow Trayvon Martin, so anything that happened to Zimmerman--Zimmerman was asking for. Enough Said. Now we can leave it in the courts hands, since they finally got around to picking up the ball.

John Coleman (18)
Friday April 13, 2012, 6:03 pm
Barbara: When Martin apparently attacked Zimmerman he moved from supposed victim to aggressor if what went down was as one witness indicated. If that is the case, then it may actually have been a self defense justification. There have been more than one version of "facts" in this incident and some of what has been "reported" has been totally false or even doctored. So far I'm not convinced that anything near "justice" has been done with this indictment since it would appear that taking the case to a grand jury would have mitigated some of the political nature of the special prosecutor's possible haste to do "something" as hinted at with this indictment. .

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 9:29 am
There's something sneaky about this. I think the law is holding him to ease public terror and tension until they have all the evidence and find out what really happened. For one, Zimmerman isn't a white person.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 9:30 am
Sounds like another O J Simpson case.

Jeff L (1)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 4:34 pm
The "stand your ground" laws are actually code words for license to kill laws. It is time that someone is held responsible for killing an innocent person and hiding behind an unjust law to defend it. Mahatma Gandhi said " An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so"
Only this time it isn't being arrested because of an unjust law, it is being killed because of an unjust law.

Jayne Braby Bethard (4)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 6:55 pm
Finally! Now lets see what the judicial department has to say...

Ray M (0)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 7:40 pm
It's about time. He ought to get life for stalking and taking a life.

Rebecca Y (26)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 10:37 am
We can always depend on the judicial system to work....remember OJ Simpson....and countless others who had their day in court. Zimmerman set out that night to get whoever it was that was on his turf....he took his gun with him to back him up....he wasn't going to let another one of "those people" get away this was pretty clear that he was out to "get" someone but that other person fought back and he ended up killing him....I don't think he went out to kill, he went out to"get" whoever was on the street that he thought didn't belong there but he shot and killed the boy...THAT is a FACT! Hopefully other stupid people who think they are the law will think twice about taking a gun with them when they confront anyone. Cowards always bring weapons.

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 2:45 pm
Noted. Thank You Cal. Justice will prevail.

Cephas R. (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 10:55 am
Zimmerman's murder of Trayvon Martin was premeditated. His intention in stalking Martin was to cause him harm since he assumed that Martin was "a punk and up to no good". It is obvious that Judge Lester decided well before the hearing to grant bail to Zimmerman. The lack of confidence in the justice system is reinforced.

Cephas R. (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 10:56 am
Zimmerman's murder of Trayvon Martin was premeditated. His intention in stalking Martin was to cause him harm since he assumed that Martin was "a punk and up to no good". It is obvious that Judge Lester decided well before the hearing to grant bail to Zimmerman. The lack of confidence in the justice system is reinforced.
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