Prosecutor charges Zimmerman with second-degree murder

George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed Miami teenager Trayvon Martin, has been charged with second-degree murder.

State attorney Angela Corey, who took over the case after the state attorney of record, Norman Wolfiinger, recused himself from the case last month, made the announcement Wednesday, and confirmed that Zimmerman is in custody.

“We do not charge on public pressure,” Corey said before announcing the charges, saying the case, which has received international attention, should not be tried in the public arena.

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