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Trayvon Martin Death

George Zimmerman

Charged With Murder

4/11/2012 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

George Zimmerman Mug Shot
George Zimmerman
has officially been charged with 2nd Degree murder after shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a Florida suburb back in February.

Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey made the announcement moments ago at a press conference, claiming the charge was filed today.

Zimmerman -- a community watchman -- shot and killed Trayvon on Feb. 26th in Sanford, Florida, but no arrests were made at the time. Zimmerman has consistently maintained he shot Trayvon in self-defense.

A firestorm of media attention has surrounded the case -- with many celebs like Spike Lee, Roseanne Barr and LeBron James claiming the shooting was racially motivated.

Zimmerman has already turned himself in to authorities. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

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31.

zack    

first!!

743 days ago
32.

ChuckyDee    

Still trying to figure out what this has to do with the thirty mile zone.

743 days ago
33.

Chris    

I agree this is complete BS to prevent further backlash to that community. All the evidence points toward self defense and saving his self from being a victim of a violent beating that could have lead to his own death.

743 days ago
34.

tj    

Trayvon was a thug and gang member. The media needs to stop using picture of him that are 5 years old. I'm tired of the black community thinking that they are owed everything. Im tired of all this nonsense

743 days ago
35.

Barb    

It's about damn time!

743 days ago
36.

Jen    

You know why can't we all get along. Seriously! I mean a kid was killed regardless of race, gender or social status. Whites are killed by blacks. Blacks are killed by whites. Whites kill whites. Blacks kill blacks. Why does the media constantly want to pit the black community against the white community? I just don't get it.. However, this does not change the fact someones son is dead. So all you people that fall into the media trap of race... Shame on you!! Your interest/clicks only feeds the machine.

743 days ago
37.

Alisa    

IT's about damn time!!

743 days ago
38.

Lyzi    

I say give him his day in court. I think he's guilty but, that's irrelevant. Let him be judged. Even murderers deserve a fair trial. Not that he'll get one with all this publicity.

743 days ago
39.

patty    

seriously - kcal 9 news needs to read this - they are saying zimmerman is missing and hiding out in peru

743 days ago
40.

hardcore_flower    

F**K Fox News, not only ignoring the Sharpton speech outright, but instead posting some news article about how blacks continue to be underprivileged under Obama. They are racist bastards.

743 days ago
41.

Abe    

Now they're arresting and charging people for a self-defense killing just because of public opinion.

There is NO JUSTICE in this case. Zimmerman is guilty of nothing.

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743 days ago
42.

Sonja    

About time... you don't just shoot and kill an unarmed teen and claim self defense no questions asked.

743 days ago
43.

Stormy    

In 2007 according to FBI statistics there were 447,201 black on white crimes committed vs 18,620 white on black crimes. Where is the out cry for that!!! Numbers don't lie people. And this was brought to my attention my a black police officer friend of mine.

743 days ago
44.

the floyd    

Someone should shoot Spike Lee, and while ya at it, shoot La bron, and his mother!!!

743 days ago
45.

Rican    

Ok, now how about some outrage for black on black murders? OR is it that blacks are allowed to kill blacks?

743 days ago
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