Authorities on Wednesday announced that George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
After turning himself in, Zimmerman arrived at the county jail in Sanford, Florida late Wednesday. He will appear in court on Thursday, according to the AP, where he is expected to plead not guilty.
Zimmerman has said that he shot Martin out of self defense, a claim that has ignited a national debate over Florida's Stand Your Ground law and simliar laws that exist in other states.
Boy, I just saw a news clip on tv a bit ago of his new defense attorney.
I thought it was really strange the way the other two attorneys that held
the press conf to say they were no longer representing him were dismissed.
I thought they were making a good case for his innocence and doing a fair
PR job to combat the angry mob accusations. Then all of a sudden they were
ditched. Now this new guy....I hope he is a better attorney than he looks.
He was kind of odd and I couldn't help staring at his teeth.
I could be totally wrong about this but shouldn't they have gone after manslaughter? 2nd degree murder seems harder to prove.
I was surprised by that, too, and I am not necessarily a Zimmerman supporter. Everything I've seen so far spells manslaughter.
There is something that they are not releasing. The special prosecutor was originally going to give her conference on Friday. I'm wondering if Zimmerman made admissions when he called her or when he turned himself in. If he did so without his lawyer present and in a state of extreme distress (due to lots of factors, not the least of which is that people are making death threats against him, and the fact that he is a human being and probably has a lot of remorse about what happened), the new lawyer might be able to get those statements thrown out, if that is what happened.
As far as if he serves any time, most large states have a prison set aside for corrupt cops and other inmates who can't be put into the general population for their own security. They sent Dr. Kervorkian to one like that here, because of his health issues. Either he'd go to a prison like that, or to a federal prison, because there is no way he could be kept safe in a regular high security prison.
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