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George Zimmerman Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder of Trayvon Martin – and Is in Custody

Finally — and he turned himself in. Maybe now people will settle down, check their privilege and paranoia and see if the prosecutor can prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The state attorney said that the decision didn’t take a long time, despite it more than 40 days since the original crime was committed.

“It didn’t take long,” [Angela] Corey said. “Remember, the prosecutor’s burden is proof beyond a reasonable doubt. We have numerous homicides where immediate arrests are not made. We have to have a reasonable certainty for conviction before we file charges.”

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.

What weight, if any, did the DOJ’s involvement play? Well, this is all Eric Holder had to say.

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke Wednesday to the National Action Network, pledging that the Justice Department will “conduct a thorough and independent review of the evidence.”

“I know that many of you are greatly — and rightly — concerned” about Martin’s death, Holder said — “a young man whose future has been lost to the ages.”

The department’s investigation, launched three weeks ago, remains open, he said, which “prevents me from talking in detail about this matter.” Holder did note, however, that Justice Department officials had traveled to Sanford to meet with Martin’s family, community members and local authorities. The FBI is assisting, he said.


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