UPDATE: 7:06 P.M. EST
Zimmerman’s attorney says that he will plead not guilty to charges of second-degree murder.
UPDATE: 6:05 P.M. EST:
Confirmed by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey that George Zimmerman will be charged with murder in the second degree for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
I spoke with Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s parents, those sweet, sweet people, and we promised them justice. That is what has brought us here today.”
“Zimmerman turned himself in in response to a capias that was already issued. We began these proceedings last week.”
Special Prosecutor Corey also stated that it is clear that “Trayvon Martin is the constitutional victim.”
Watch Special Prosecutor Angela Corey’s press conference on her decision to charge George Zimmerman, 28 with second-degree murder live on MSNBC. Trayvon parents to speak next:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A law enforcement official says that the killer in the Trayvon Martin case will be charged with second-degree murder and is in custody.
The official with knowledge of the case says that the charge against George Zimmerman will be announced at a news conference at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The official says he’s in custody in Florida but wouldn’t say where. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to disclose the information.
An arrest had been delayed because of Florida’s so-called stand your ground law, which gives people wide latitude to claim self-defense in a killing and other altercations.
The lack of an arrest had sparked outrage and rallies for justice in the Orlando suburb and across the country.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
After weeks of mounting tension and protests across the U.S., a special prosecutor has decided to bring charges against neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.
The official, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said prosecutor Angela Corey would announce the charges at a 6 p.m. news conference. The official said he did not know the charges. Corey confirmed only that she would make an announcement at that time.
The Martin family and their attorney, Ben Crump, renewed their pleas for calm as the hour approached.