George Zimmerman to Be Charged in Trayvon Martin Shooting, Official Says

Sari Horwitz, Washington Post, April 11, 2012

Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation.

It was not immediately clear what charge Zimmerman will face.


Corey’s office released a statement saying it would hold a news conference “to release new information regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla.


Corey said Monday that she would not bring the case before a grand jury, which was expected to convene this week. She said her decision to forgo the grand jury should not be viewed as an indication of whether charges will be filed.



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  • Murder Two will be one of the charges.  We don’t know yet if there are any other charges.

    First off, good luck finding twelve unbiased qualified adults in Florida to be on a jury. Second, if Murder-2 is the only charge, then that makes me think Corey knows there is no case, and she doesn’t really want to prosecute but for external pressure forcing her hand.  If she wanted a conviction, she’d file charges on every possible crime that fits his alleged actions, save Murder-1 which she punted on because she didn’t use a GJ, and Florida law requires Murder-1 to start with a GJ.  That way, if you charge him with everything from Murder-2 to lesser degrees of murder (if Florida law permits), to manslaughter to ACA to UUW, that increases the chances that the jury (if one can be found) will convict him of something.  I think in these circumstances, you can read a lot into her charging him with only the most serious crime she could with her own hand.

    Third, you can forget about Peru.  Zimmerman’s been in hiding, but he has kept the cops up on his QTH.

    • The_Bobster

      Murder Two it is.

      MIAMI (CBSMiami) – George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, according to the Associated Press.

      Additionally, Zimmerman has been taken into custody, but it hasn’t been revealed where he is being held.

      • joewest666

         The political kabuki theater commences!

    •  Tacky replying to myself, but I have to apologize for acronym gluttony.

      ACA = Armed Criminal Action.  Irrelevant re Florida, because Missouri is the only state that has this kind of statute and calls it “armed criminal action.”  All it means is that it’s a felony to commit a felony with a deadly weapon.  You might be thinking, “Duh, the original crime was already a felony.”  ACA is an pile-on crime the prosecutors add for plea bargaining consideration.

      UUW = Unlawful Use of a Weapon

      QTH = Ham radio jargon for one’s current location

  • Rocky Bass

    Oh come on, the second she announced they were forgoing the political cover afforded by a grand jury, we all knew he WAS being charged!
    She was not going to have “hits” placed on her.

  • kminta

    “Based on evidence or political pressure?”

    Seventy-percent political pressure; thirty-percent evidence. (In my humble opinion.)

  • anmpr1

    The fact that the state bypassed the grand jury is telling.  When he is acquitted, expect all hell to break loose.  

    • ed91

      all hell has pretty much broken loose as it is…

      these times (early 21st century in america) will go down in history as crazy, tension-filled times.

  • This_Name_Doesnt_Exist

    When it was pointed out to me that a civil suit cannot be brought without a criminal charge, this all came much better into focus.

  • TheSerbian

    More white capitulation. Anything to appease the black interest groups and keep their people from rioting. Can’t have this in an election year with black presidents job on the chopping block.
    Won’t get enough White and Hispanic votes if this were to happen. I wish it were to happen because Obama would lose,- BIG TIME.

    Thing is, Zimmerman isn’t even really white. Not by our standards anyway.

    • No

      Serbian . . . he’s white enough.  He saw a black criminal walking through his neighborhood, followed him, called the cops and when the beast attacked him, he shot him dead.

      I agree that he’ a racial mongrel, but if blacks can claim Obama as “black” then we can and should claim Zimmerman as “white.”

      I like to think that he at least acted like a white man should.

  • libertarian4339

    Well, this female coward is charging Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder.  I’m pretty sure they bypassed a grand jury in order to make certain they would appease the black mobs.  A grand jury probably would have returned a no bill, considering that the watchman could well have been murdered  when he was getting smashed in the face and his head bashed against the ground. 

    This evil black perp set himself up for being shot when he criminally assaulted the watchman.  There was absolutely no justification for it.  In fact,  to any fair prosecutor Zimmerman’s actions would be protected under ordinary self-defense laws.  No stand-your-ground was needed in this case.

    This poor guy is getting railroaded even worse than the people involved in the Tawana Brawley case, as well as the Duke La Crosse case and the Jena incident.

    I knew there was going to be big problems with black injustices when this black got into office, but, quite frankly, I never thought things would be this bad.

    • libertarian4339

      Get a load of this.  This Ogletree says he wants to see a white the victim of stand-your-ground law.

      Well, it looks like he got his wish, except this victim is described as a “white Hispanic.”

      His crime?  Was he beating his victim in the face and smashing his head against the concrete?  Nope.

      The “white Hispanic” was walking his dog when the black perp came driving out of a fast food place, almost hitting the guy and his dog, afterwghich the guy shook his fist at the black.

      No asrrest were made.  The black said he was in fear for his life.

    • You are right libertarian. Common law allows one to use deadly force if they have a reasonable belief their life is in eminent danger, which is also an affirmative defense against a murder charge. Stand your ground is unnecessary and not the proper legal theory in which to defend this case. I suspect this is why Zimmerman was not initially charged, and probably would not have been, but for the black lynch mobs began to demanding “justice.”
      There will never be “justice” in this case that will satisfy the angry black mobs. We have a prosecutor using the court system to render social justice, based upon the demands of angry black racists, threatening to commit all types of crime if their demands are not met. What a sad and pathetic abuse of our judicial system. I wonder what she is going to do when Zimmerman is acquitted of all charges and the lynch mobs go on a wave of terror in defiance of the verdict.

      • libertarian4339

        The 2nd dgree murder charge, as I understand it, has to involve a wanton disregard for another person’s life and indicate a level of depravity.

        By the largest stretch I can’t see how someone getting his head smashed into concrete can be perceived to be depraved by shooting his assailant.  There were two witnesses who verified that scenario and there were injuries on Zimmerman consistent with the attack.

        There have been some remarks on other forums about this prosecutor that puts her in a kind of unfavorable light in many ways, one of which alleges she is a radical  feminist dedicated to politically correct causes.

        Overcharging Z could result in a quick acquittal in a fair jury trial, as you pointed out.

        If that turns out to be the case, then the black mobs will riot for sure and Holder will come in and prosecute Zimmerman for some quirky violation of civil rights.

        I don’t think these black injustices are ever going to come to an end.

        But I’m glad the incident occurred, because more whites have been exposed to radical black hate than in any other incident since this community organizer has been in office.

        The black hate mongers must feel pretty powerful and smug right now, eager for a repeat of the same kind of hateful intimidation the next time an issue comes up which they can again distort beyond any semblence of the truth.

        • xxxtonygunsxxx

           these are pograms against whites and the best move whites can make is to purchase firearms and ammo before they too are outlawed because obama and holder would like nothing more than to start putting white males into gas chambers and a lot of whites would like the same thing .

    • Detroit_WASP

      But the prosecutor said that Trayvon’s parents were “sweet people” and this case was about “justice for Trayvon”.  And Eric Holder was at a presentation praising Al Sharpton yesterday…how could anything be wrong here?  LOL

    • saxonsun

      “Female coward.” The only reason this nation is in the trouble it’s in is because of white male cowards who post on Am Ren and refuse to  take real action. Don’t blame your cowardice on women. After all, you run things.

  • StivD

    It’s a small miracle they haven’t charged him with additional hate crimes charges.

    Unfortunately, the hardest part to prove in his defense will be that Trayvon attacked him first and, more importantly, that he feared for his life.

    • .>Unfortunately, the hardest part to prove in his defense will be that Trayvon attacked him first and, more importantly, that he feared for his life.

      If the jury does its job, the defense will not have to prove anything.  The burden of proof is on the prosecutor.

      • StivD

        That’s  true. Good point. 

      • haroldcrews

        We know Zimmerman shot and killed Martin.  That isn’t disputed.  The issue is whether Zimmerman has a legal defence in that it was self defence.  Zimmerman has the burden in proving the shooting was justified.  The prosecution does not have a burden in showing that it wasn’t justified.

        •  Potaytoe, Potahtoe.  Corey will have to prove to 12/12 ppl that his actions fit the legal bill for Murder-2.  GZ doesn’t have to “prove” per se that it was self-defense, all he has to do is demonstrate it well enough to poke holes in Corey’s case to keep her from reaching BaRD.

        • ed91

           the head wounds and broken nose should help

        • Rocky Bass

           I thought in criminal cases the “beyond a reasonable doubt” was the standard and that burden falls completely on the prosecution. Not that that is the way it really IS in this country anymore, but how it was supposed to be.

          • What generally happens is the state will try their case first, with the burden of proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman is guilty of 2nd degree murder.

            Then, the defense will have the burden (not a legal burden, but burden of convincing the jury) of refuting that charge, insisting Zimmerman acted with a reasonable belief that his life was in imminent danger and was thus justified in using deadly force in self-defense.
            It is almost as if two separate trials will take place.

  • What evidence do they have exactly?

    The last time I bothered looking into the case all the evidence was in Zimmerman’s favor (hence why he wasn’t arrested) and the only witness was agreeing with Zimmerman’s side of the case.

    Did that change?

  • IstvanIN

    Justic in Amerika has long been a thing of the past.

  • 4teepee

    The prosecutor got scared.

    • StivD

      Holder probably pressured her too, directly or indirectly.  Her office would be investigated by the bully if she didn’t charge Zimmerman with something.

  • Carocaput

    I wonder what the status of the eye witnesses is?  I’m sure they are fearful.

  • This is PURE political witchhunting – totally expected from our Leftist Federal government.

    Even “unbiased” C-SPAN had been pumping diversity stuff NON-stop the past week.  It looks like MSNBC now.

  • Pardon me if this is old news.
    But here is a story where the NBC has fired a producer(scapegoat) for editing out part of the original 911 call that went to air, where the operator asked Zimmerman to describe “what race the perpetrator is”, to which Zimmerman responded that “he is black” (to something to that effect).

    It’s the MSM who’ve created all this political pressure, fanned the flames and have ended any chance of this Zimmerman guy ever having a normal life again, well that and maybe his own conscious.
    The MSM doesn’t report the news anymore, they make the news and unfortuanately the majority just eat it all up.

  • Guest

    GZ got Nifong-ed.  He may beat this charge, but then there will be the obligatory riots.  Then Holder/Obama or Romney’s AG will put him up on hate crime charges.  If he beats that kangaroo court, then he’ll face the inevitable civil suits.  He should’ve fled to Peru, there’s no chance in hades that he’ll get a fair trail(s).

    • ed91

       I would think there is every chance to get a fair jury/trial………………..

      unless it’s an all black jury, which is extremely unlikely…..
      besides, his new atty seems very competent.

  • Yeah but is Zims still even in the US??  If he has Peruvian citizenship (and don’t they all have dual citizenship? ) THAT is where I would expect to find him.  And I hope he is there sitting on a beach right now drinking a Mai-Tai.

    • StivD

      He’s in custody.

  • Davidalbert

     I agree! In their eyes, there is no other way to handle this but to “charge him with MURDER” and let it diffuse for a while. She knows that it will take more than a year for this to go to trial. I wonder how much his bail will be? I also wonder how many more “revenge” attacks on whites will occur.  I think lady justice has just been slapped in the face and will never show her face again!

    • xxxtonygunsxxx

       a lot more attacks will occur now because the black population is emboldened even more now that they know they can attack whites break their nose smash their head and the WHITE will be charged . blacks are simple minded people to them a black president means they can do anything and get away with it and they are correct thats why 30 of them are looting stores. blacks are like animals they dont have morals or mores rules manners character etc they just react if they see something they want they take it they cannot learn civilized behavior like humans.

  • haroldcrews
  • Dean_Wormers_Hot_Wife

    Watch Romney loose just on the strength of his failure to seize this opportunity to hold Obama and Holder accountable.  Zimmerman gave Romney a gift, and if he doesn’t take it, then he deserves to lose and we deserve to suffer for not finding a way to change the politcal system in our favor.


    • haroldcrews

      Romney doesn’t want to lose all those black votes.  The last thing he would want to do is race-bait by injecting race into the campaign.  LOL

  • anarchyst

    “Justice” in the United States is dead . . . if you are a certain minority in the Unitd States, you can threaten to riot and commit “great bodily harm” and get your way. . . this prosecutor reminds me of Pontius Pilate who murdered Jesus Christ at the behest of the jews . . .

  • ed91

     hey, that’s how blacks are………….  most everything is race or bling or ‘look at me’

    wake up

  • ye ol’ swampyankee

    What’s happening to Zimmerman, is exactly what whites are truly afraid of. The cops, courts and special interest groups are stacked in their favor. This has been twice as bad under Obama and Holder. Bear in mind Zimmerman is only half white. How much more quickly would they of moved on him if he possessed strong Aryan Features? 


  • xxxtonygunsxxx

     life which i think is 25 years

  • The_Bobster

    The death penalty if he has any contact at all with a black prisoner who wants to make a name for himself.

  • Strider73

    From the “Where Are They Now?” department:

    Apparently Mike Nifong moved to Florida and either had a sex-change operation or became a cross-dresser.

  • Why am I not surprised at this? You knew it was coming down to the whites caving in and giving the blacks what they want.