Florida law enforcement officials Wednesday afternoon arrested George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Special prosecutor Angela Corey is charging Zimmerman with second-degree murder.
Zimmerman has admitted to shooting the unarmed 17-year-old Martin in February, but claims he acted in self-defense. Local police detained then re...leased Zimmerman, partly because of Florida's so-called "stand your ground" self-defense law, which gives people wide latitude to claim self-defense in altercations.
Corey says that authorities did not come to their decision to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder lightly, nor was it based on public pressure, according to an Associated Press and CBS News report. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Second-degree murder is typically charged when there is a fight or other confrontation that results in death and where there is no premeditated plan to kill someone.