Special Prosecutor Angela Corey announced recently that there would be new information in regards to the Trayvon Martin case. That new information turned out to be as follows:
George Zimmerman is in custody in Florida and will be charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, authorities announced Wednesday. His attorney said he would plead not guilty.
“We did not come to this decision lightly,” Angela Corey, the special prosecutor appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to re-examine the case, said at a news conference in Jacksonville.
Corey had previously said she wouldn’t present the case to a grand jury, which took first-degree murder off the table. Second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara — who took the case late Wednesday after Zimmerman’s previous attorneys withdrew — said Zimmerman would plead not guilty and that he would seek Zimmerman’s release on bond. Zimmerman was scheduled for an initial hearing Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET.