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Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder

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Posted at 6:17 PM, Apr 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-11 22:04:25-04

According to CNN, George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who says he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Sanford, Florida, has been charged with murder in the second degree, special prosecutor Angela Corey told reporters Wednesday.

Zimmerman arrived Wednesday night at the Seminole County, Florida, Criminal Justice Center, police said.

“First of all, I want to say thank God,” said Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, upon hearing that her son’s killer was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder. “We simply wanted an arrest; we wanted nothing more, nothing less. We just wanted an arrest, and we got it and I say thank you, thank you Lord, thank you Jesus.”

Lawyers for Zimmerman are entitled to request a bond, said special prosecutor Angela Corey. Once they do so, a bond hearing will be held, she told reporters.