George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who said he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Florida prosecutors announced the murder charge during a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

“We did not come to this decision lightly,” State’s Attorney Angela Corey said. “Let me emphasize that we do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition,” she added.

Zimmerman, 28, turned himself in to authorities and is being held without bail. Corey, offering very few details about what led to the arrest, also refused to say where he is in custody. If convicted, Zimmerman faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Martin was unarmed when he was fatally shot in Sanford, Fla., the night of Feb. 26. His death has sparked outrage and ignited a national debate over the issue of racial profiling. –TEB>

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Trayvon Martin Case: Zimmerman Charged

On Wednesday evening, prosecutors announced that George Zimmerman, the man accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has been charged with second-degree murder. Here is a round-up of reaction from the Web.

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George Zimmerman should be found guilty. #justice #TrayvonMartin Harrison
George Zimmerman charged with murder in the second degree #JusticeForTrayvonRacquel Grant
George Zimmerman should call Casey Anthony’s lawyer.Andrew Millan ?
They should put George Zimmerman in the same Cell as O.J. Simpson! I’m sure they have a lot to talk about..Clark Kent
Thank god, George Zimmerman will be charged today and justice will be served. R.I.P Trayvon MartinM?rylin ‘™
Yes, George Zimmerman has been charged w/ 2nd degree murder, but we must fight for Zimmerman to be convicted! #JusticeForTrayvonEbony Walton
Yes. George Zimmerman was charged!!!!breana??
If George Zimmerman gets off there areGoing to be riots galore in Baltimore. #RodneyKing2.0cristian.
Seeing George Zimmerman charged is on my bucket list. #trayvonAndy Borowitz
I hope George Zimmerman run into this guy when he’s in prison #justicefortrayvon !!!€R Notorious
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