April 11th, 2012
08:02 PM ET

Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder

George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who says he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, has been charged with murder in the second degree, special prosecutor Angela Corey told reporters Wednesday.

Read the charges (PDF) | Read Corey's remarks (PDF)

Corey said that Zimmerman has surrendered to authorities in Florida and has been arrested. The charge carries a maximum possible sentence of life in prison.

Police say Zimmerman fatally shot Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, on February 26 in Sanford, Florida, after Martin began walking home from a convenience store. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic and was a neighborhood watch volunteer, had called 911 to complain about a suspicious person in the neighborhood. He was released without charges after claiming self-defense, but the case was referred to Corey for a review as thousands converged on Sanford to join in protests calling for Zimmerman's arrest.

The following are running updates on the story:

[Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET] Zimmerman's new attorney, Mark O'Mara, said that he expects to file a motion seeking bond for Zimmerman on Thursday. Currently, Zimmerman is being held without opportunity for bond.

O'Mara told CNN by phone that he thinks Zimmerman is "troubled by the fact that the state decided to charge him," but that he "understands what is in front of him," and he's "doing OK."

At a news conference outside his office seconds later, O'Mara told reporters that Zimmerman voluntarily surrendered to Florida authorities, and that authorities were in the process of moving him to custody in Seminole County, Florida.

"He's concerned about getting a fair trial and a fair presentation," O'Mara said. "There's obviously been a lot of information flowing. I think a lot of it has been premature and inappropriate."

"The worst thing that can happen in this case is that it doesn't get tried properly," O'Mara said. "Give us our chance to do it the way it's supposed to be done."

On Tuesday, Zimmerman's former attorneys Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner told reporters they had lost contact with Zimmerman and no longer represent him.

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[Updated at 7:04 p.m. ET] Sanford's mayor, Jeff Triplett, called "for continued calm in Sanford, its surrounding communities and around the nation."

"The case is in the hands of the justice system. Please allow it to work through the process and come to a natural conclusion," Triplett said in a news conference in Sanford, following Corey's announcement.

[Updated at 6:58 p.m. ET] Martin's father, Tracy Martin, thanked "everyone for being compassionate about this."

"As (Martin's attorney, Benjamin Crump) said, this is just the beginning. We have a long way to go, and we have faith," Tracy Martin said.

Trayvon Martin's parents and their attorneys were at a news conference with the Rev. Al Sharpton in Washington, D.C., where the parents have been visiting an annual conference held by Sharpton's National Action Network.

Tracy Martin spoke of the marches in which people called for justice in the case.

"The first time we marched, I looked to the sky and said, 'I will walk by faith,' Martin recalled. "We will continue to walk by faith. We will continue to hold hands on this journey - white, black, Latino.

"We will march and march and march until the right thing is done."

[Updated at 6:56 p.m. ET] An emotional Sybrina Fulton - who is Martin's mother - reacted to Wednesday's news:

"First of all, I want to say: Thank God. We simply wanted an arrest," she told reporters in Washington, D.C. "We wanted nothing more and nothing less, and we got it. And I say thank you. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Jesus."

[Updated at 6:49 p.m. ET] The attorney for Martin's parents, Benjamin Crump, standing with the parents and the Rev. Al Sharpton, told reporters in Washington, D.C., said that if one were to look at the facts and evidence fairly, Zimmerman "had to be arrested, and this matter had to go before a judge and a jury."

"We can take a short breath, because we are just now getting to first base," Crump said. "This is only first base. Trayvon's legacy cannot be tarnished based on people doing sick things and acting (on) ignorance or using violence."

[Updated at 6:42 p.m. ET] The Rev. Al Sharpton, standing with Trayvon Martin's parents at a news conference in Washington, D.C., said "there should be no high-fiving" over Zimmerman's charge.

"There’s no winners here. … This is not about gloating. This is about pursuing justice. We have not won anything. All we have established is we have the right to redress," Sharpton said.

Sharpton said that he believed public pressure didn't lead Corey to file the charges, but he believes public pressure caused Florida's governor and Corey to review the case.

"If we did not get this far, we would condemn them," Sharpton said. "We must say that despite the fact that we are of ... different political persuasions ... we came together and said only the facts should matter."

"We are trying to make sure that something happens so that this will not happen again," Sharpton said.

[Updated at 6:34 p.m. ET] Benjamin Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, issued a statement following the announcement of charges against Zimmerman:

“Forty–five days after Trayvon Martin’s life came to a violent end, the wheels of justice have finally begun to turn. This is an important first step toward bringing justice for Trayvon and his family," Jealous' statement began.

"As we have seen, the system does not always work perfectly. But we have shown that when we stand together as a nation we can compel it to work. For the NAACP, this case has always been about the rule of law. We are encouraged by today’s charges, but we know that this is just the beginning. We anticipate and expect a thorough federal investigation of the Sanford Police Department and their role in exacerbating this tragedy," Jealous said.

Jealous said "Trayvon’s case moved the nation because it underscored the twin tragedies that affect so many of our young people: Trayvon was profiled because of his race—looked upon as a threat rather than the loving son he was."

"And then, once he became a victim, he was neglected by the very police department tasked with protecting our communities and families," Jealous said. "As a nation, we’ve got to address the issues of racial profiling and the valuation of black mens’ lives by law enforcement. In the months ahead the months ahead, the NAACP and our allies in the civil rights community will continue to take these issues on as well as the urgent need to repeal stand-your-ground laws.

"Tonight our thoughts and prayers are with Trayvon’s family. We are grateful for the courage and tenacity of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin that continue to help shape a national movement for justice for their son and for all of America’s children.”

[Updated at 6:20 p.m. ET] In Florida, a charge of second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to CNN and HLN legal analysts. Florida does not offer the chance for parole for those convicted of the charge. The sentence would, however, take into account several mitigating and aggregating factors.

[Updated at 6:17 p.m. ET] Zimmerman is being held without opportunity for bail, but Zimmerman's lawyers are entitled to request a bond, Corey said. Once they do so, a bond hearing will be held, she told reporters.

[Updated at 6:16 p.m. ET] While Corey said that Zimmerman surrendered and is in the custody of authorities in Florida, she declined to say exactly where, citing concerns for the safety of Zimmerman "and everyone else."

[Updated at 6:12 p.m. ET] Corey said she wouldn't discuss what led her to file the second-degree murder charge, other than her conclusion is based on her review of the evidence.

Florida state attorney Angela Corey said she spoke with Trayvon Martin's parents before telling the media about the charge against Zimmerman.

[Updated at 6:07 p.m. ET] George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin, Corey said.

What happens now that Zimmerman is charged in Trayvon Martin death?

[Updated at 5:51 p.m. ET] George Zimmerman has turned himself in to law enforcement and is in custody in Florida, according to CNN legal analyst Mark NeJame.

Zimmerman also has a new attorney, Mark O'Mara, according to NeJame.

NeJame reported that Zimmerman, before he surrendered, was "out of the state of Florida, as I understand it, for his safety."

On Tuesday, Zimmerman's former attorneys Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner told reporters they had lost contact with Zimmerman and no longer represent him.

[Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET] Florida Gov. Rick Scott has released a statement ahead of the special prosecutor's news conference:

"We are fortunate in our state that most Floridians and local civic leaders are law-abiding, responsible citizens who all want justice to prevail. No matter what State Attorney (Angela) Corey determines following her investigation of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, I trust in the goodness of all Florida citizens to allow our justice system to reach an appropriate conclusion in this case."

[Updated at 3:34 p.m. ET] The parents of Trayvon Martin plan to hold a news conference after the special prosecutor makes her announcement.

Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, will be accompanied by their attorneys and the Rev. Al Sharpton in Washington, D.C., where the parents have been visiting a conference held by Sharpton's National Action Network.

[Updated at 3:07 p.m. ET] Many people in Sanford, Florida and around the world have been captivated by the Trayvon Martin case and have lent their support to Martin's family.

Upon hearing the news that special prosecutor Angela Corey was holding a press conference today to update the media, Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton tweeted that the case was in God's hands now.

[Updated at 3:02 p.m. ET] The office of special prosecutor Angela Corey has confirmed that a news conference updating the media on the Trayvon Martin case will begin at the State Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida at 6 p.m. ET.

[Updated at 2:51 p.m. ET]  Corey's office, which is investigating the Trayvon Martin shooting case, said that charges against George Zimmerman have not been filed. The office would not confirm whether the office planned to charge him, according to HLN's Josey Crews.

Earlier, CNN reported that Corey is expected to announce a decision Wednesday regarding whether she will file charges against Zimmerman, and a senior law enforcement source familiar with the Martin death investigation said that Zimmerman would be charged.

[Updated at 2:39 p.m. ET]  George Zimmerman “will be (criminally) charged if (he) hasn’t been charged already,” according to a senior law enforcement source familiar with the Trayvon Martin death investigation.

It's not clear what the charges would be.

[Initial post, 2:29 p.m. ET] A special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin shooting case is expected to announce a decision within the next four hours regarding whether she will file charges against George Zimmerman, CNN reports.

The news comes a day after attorneys for Zimmerman told reporters they had lost contact with Zimmerman and no longer represent him.

Police say Zimmerman fatally shot Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, on February 26 in Sanford, Florida, after Martin began walking home from a convenience store. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic and was a neighborhood watch volunteer, had called 911 to complain about a suspicious person in the neighborhood.

Zimmerman told Sanford police the shooting was self-defense, and Zimmerman was released without charges. Authorities have said Zimmerman was not immediately charged because there were no grounds, at the outset, to disprove his account that he'd acted to protect himself.

But thousands converged on Sanford to join in protests calling for Zimmerman's arrest and criticizing the police department's handling of the case. Martin's death has triggered a nationwide debate about race in America and Florida's "stand your ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force anywhere they feel a reasonable threat of death or serious injury.

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  1. really???

    i think she will find something to charge him with. Then it will take countless dollars to go to trial, and end just like Casey Anthony. Too much media and not enough true facts about this case. Thats IF he gets a fair trial and unjust jury

    April 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil Latio

      Enough with this already. This guy is going to hang no matter what. If something wasn't done and charges not brought forth the tribes would go crazy and I would never be able to buy another hoodie. Can't we all just get along

      April 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsDWilliams

      So you are in agreement that this child died a senseless death and George Zimmerman should walk away scot free?

      April 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • AMereObserver

      More than enough facts actually. 911 calls provide audio evidence. Multiple witnesses, (I believe -one- that stated Zim's innocence, and three others whose stories actually corroborated independently, which place Zimmerman as the one beating Martin for a half-minute before the gunshot. Plus the blatant mishandling of the case by Sanford PD, which has already come under fire (last year) for a corruption/coverup scandal involving the beating of a black homeless man by a SPD lieutenant's son.

      April 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • rayface

      justice has been served all u racist can go back in hiding!!!!!

      April 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Becky

    Thug.
    http://www.google.com/imgres?q=trayvon+martin&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1280&bih=702&tbm=isch&tbnid=reIfGbhTT79EFM:&imgrefurl=http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/26/the-daily-caller-obtains-trayvon-martins-tweets/&docid=ivd4G7VMwqCEAM&imgurl=http://cdn2.dailycaller.com/2012/03/pasc-tr1yv4n-r2tr1ct34n-2d3t2d.jpg&w=599&h=450&ei=_tGFT9mcCO3JiQKduIT2BA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=188&vpy=53&dur=3839&hovh=195&hovw=259&tx=121&ty=126&sig=108374161675969102801&page=2&tbnh=146&tbnw=194&start=16&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:15,s:16,i:154

    April 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • k

      yes, of course, because acting like you're some bad-*ss thug on twitter = ok to be shot to death. right.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul1121

      Yeah, I was reading those tweets. SO! I'ts OK if THEY say the N-word.....double standard!

      April 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • FlotsamJetsam

      none of your post is readable. and any idea that you can paint Trayvon as a thug has no relevance in this case. Its what happened that night. Zimmerman murdered an unarmed teen. He stalked him and incited a fight and then if like he says he was and not going his way. Culpable negligence is what they will call it.

      April 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saudia

      TO paul1121: By "they" I guess you are referring to US, Black people. Here is a newsflash for you, it is not ok for anyone to use that word. WE do not ALL subscribe to that which you are accusing us and painting us with brush strokes broader than the Potomac is not very smart. WE are, like you and yours not ALL alike. WE come in glorious and varying shades and MOST of US are educated, civilized and productive citizens, but you would not know that, now would you?

      TO Jamie: At least another honest citizen of hate, do you feel better about yourself when you are at your most vulgar?

      TO ALL OF YOU filled with hatred and bitterness about Black people, there really are no apologies required for your hatred, so please do not feel obligated to venture one now or in the future, as I keep saying it would be better if we know specifically who you are instead of us having to constantly react to people hiding behind a screen. We most certainly would not want to be suddenly blindsided by an awkward movement from someone we thought we knew.

      April 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave too

      ryte whing proppaganda, and 3 weeks old to boot. You're going to have to do a lot better than that. The whole "he was a thug, so it was okay to shoot him" angle is not gonna fly anymore.

      April 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Juggalo 6

    Kinda sad that the prosecutor, who is supposed to uphold the law now goes bu popular opinion. What about the domestic terrorists the new black panthers? Why aren't they being charged. Get ready for your rights to be restricted even more. Now you can't defend yourself against thugs that attack you. REAL CUTE OBAMA!!!!!! What's next? A fixed presidential election?

    April 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      go back under your bridge and terrorize the Three Billy Goats Gruff you troll. lol.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moni

      You need prayer......just saying.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • booboo

      We already have had two rigged elections...2000 and 2004 dumbazz!

      April 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • tdjboys3

      please help me to undestand what Obama has to do with this? Get it together!

      April 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ME HERE

      You people are so pathetic! Protecting yourself against what? Skittles or the Ice tea! ZIMMERMAN MURDERED THAT KID!

      April 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • camgram

      Rigged Presidential election... see the year 2000

      April 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trish

      We had a fixed election when George Bush won over Al Gore

      April 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Please stop posting.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Where do you figure you can't defend yourself if attacked? Zimmerman can still claim self defense at trial. The issue is it was NOT clearly a case of self defense. Had the kid broke into Zimmerman's home this would not even be a discussion, but since he folowed the boy and got out of his vehicle to confront him, the stand your ground defense could apply to Trayvon defending himself also.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • MayJo

      Fixed presidential race? We already know how that works..ask G. W. Bush!

      April 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny 5

      Arent they all fixed?

      April 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janette

      WOW it's so funny to me how EVERYTHING comes back to PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA...come on dude get a life. Zimmerman MURDERED him NOT the PRESIDENT!!!!

      April 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shenell

      Yes we will be next in our election being fixed just as yours was fixed in the Bush's election. So I guess we are even!!!!! What do you think? Fair is fair, right????

      April 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dallas

      You're just dumb – what a stupid way to think!

      April 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Satan

      What does Obama have to do with Zimmerman murdering an unarmed teenager? It's real easy to say it was self defense when A.) No one witnessed anything, and B.) The only other person who knows what really happened is 6 feet in the ground. Charge him, then take aim at repealing Florida's BS law that permits people to pack heat and USE IT against the slightest perceived threat.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacobox

      Why are you blaming Obama? All he's done in this entire thing is say that it's a tragedy that a child died. You're a fool, keep rocking your ICP so people will take you seriously.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ladyfonseca

      That's already happened. That's why democrats do not want voter ID laws plain and simple. It can't be because that poor people cannot afford them, because in the Texas Voter ID law that the Obama justice department shot down, it states that if you claim that you cannot afford it, that it would be free.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not your business

      Oh SHUT THE HELL UP DAM IDIOT

      April 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      You wish..... What you scared that dems will fix the election like repubs did the 2004 election. Sorry hun.... the Supreme Court would not lean with us.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • redstorms

      #Juggalo – are you dumb or something? what does Obama have to do with this prosecutor and her decision? You need to get your facts straight before you make comments that make no sense

      April 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • tdjboys3

      The dumbazz is you booboo the fool and just in case you didn't know YOU PEOPLE is not cute.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • GA300

      A fixed election? Ya'll did that already 2000.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cielo

      And WHAT does Obama have ANYTHING to do with whether or not to charge Zimmerman? Man you Obama haters are RABID and IRRATIONAL!

      April 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • shellyshawls

      Were you there? You don't know the facts of what happened so you should keep you ignorant comments in your head. What does Obama have to do with the fact that someone was murdered and his parents want justice. Until we know the facts people like you need to shut your mouths.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • kim

      What a nut....

      April 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nealo

      You can come out of your bunker now. It's all clear!
      Though it does seem that Obama is going to win....because he's doing a pretty good job and most people like him and Romney sticks his foot in his mouth almost daily and is (accurately) perceived as being an out-of-touch filthy rich guy who likes "being able to fire people", was opposed the the GM bailout and had to keep talking about it even while campaining in MI, etc., etc. I.e.; it won't take a conspiracy to beat Romney and be elected for 4 MORE YEARS!!!!

      April 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • geoffrey

      Dude!!! The Black Panther Party doesn't have a history of hanging white people from sweet gum trees. On the other hand, the KKK under the leadership of Confererate General Forest, led countless attacks on black people for years...You don't have real facts about black people and u really don't know us! Two words Sut-UP!

      April 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • tierra

      Are you serious!!!!! Defending HIMSELF????? How was he defending himself if he approached Trayvon get your facts together before you make ignorant comments... What if it was your brother walking down the street, Approched by a self appointed neighborhood watch and shot and killed awile unarmed!!! He should be charged!!! Obama has nothing to do with it and since you want to talk Rigged Election you must first talk about BUSH JR and the Florida recount... the irony huh? Ignorance ...smh

      April 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Free Thinker...

      Don't be a fool.... Sorry. STOP being a fool... Are you forgetting the fact the Zimmerman stalked Martin?... So now Martin is a thug for defending himself against a psycho neighborhood watchman?... You don't deserve to post a comment on this page. CNN is for intellectuals or at least for people with an ounce of critical thinking skills, so i think the Fox news site would be better equipped for someone like you... And if you don't know what i mean, then your proving my point even more...

      April 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • KIlldeer

      a little racial predudiced are you

      April 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meme

      Your right Trayvon was attacked for no reason by a thug and died trying to defend himself. If your son was approached and shot for no reason you wouldn't you want justice. Tthis was senseless he should have stayed in his car as he was advised.

      April 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angry Reader

      You racist people are kiling me. If Trayvon had shot Zimmerman you can best believe he WOULD NOT have been able to claim self defense and be released. Give me a break.... Black ppl are keeping the racism going..... You have got to be out of your rabbit mind. We as BLACK ppl do not have the power to opress. It is the white ppl who are the racists. White ppl have changed from wearing hoods and riding thru neighborhoods at night to wearing police uniforms, suits and ties and neighborhood watch ppl. Get a grip. Oh and please tell me how Obama had anything to do with what is happening there. Come on ppl..... I just get angrier the more I type so I'm done.

      April 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • really..

      I can't even imagine how I would feel if my son was killed and for you ppl to judge what type of person a kid was is ridiculous by all means. whay was he a thug because he wore a certain type of clothing or because he was black and faught fpr his life. All ppl should be saying is let justice be served. somethings can and should've been avoided, like the Martin boys life. think about what was said on the phone call "don't follow him" enough said!!! you wanna address the president why? He is just picking up the pieces from what was already broken. I can see if everyone/u had real reason not to want Obama as president, but he fact of the matter is his skin color. U all should be focusing on getting ur life and household together, At the end of the day you have to answer to a more powerful source!! That is God...and yes he is a forgiving God tht

      April 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • JaxGirl

      Been there done that... Bush era.

      April 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • KIMMY

      UH, JUGGALO 6, BY A FIXED PRESIDENTIAL RACE, ARE YOU REFERRING TO THE BUSH CAMPAIGN WIN BY FAULTY RESULTS STIMMING OUT OF FLORIDA? REAL CUTE, FIRST BLAME THE BLACK UNARMED TEEN FOR GETTING HIMSELF KILLED, THE BLAME OBAMA FOR CHARGES BEING FILED! WOW, AND WHERE DID YOU GRADUATE KINDERGARTEN FROM? CLOSE THAT SCHOOL DOWN BECAUSE THEY OBVIOUSLY ALLOW IDIOTS TO PROMOTE TO THE 1ST GRADE!!!!!! WOW........... YOU'RE A PRIZE!

      April 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raphael

      Show me where the New Black Panthers have actually attacked anyone , bombed anything or been seen training as a militia force like many of the Caucasian extremist militia groups that the FBI has rightfully on terrorist watch. Right now the only thing they have used are words, which is fine under the first amendment. We let you and the neo-nazis spout off racist garbage as well. However, the only people that the New Black Panthers terrorize are racist idiots like yourself. You let your own negative, ignorant and biased fears of black people paint a perception of the black panthers that scares you. They don't need to 'terrorize' anyone the people they want to make scared do it to themselves. You do realize white people used to be in the black panthers as well before they were disbanded originally. How many black people does the KKK let join their ranks.

      April 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob vincent

      Wow you brought all the racists out of the woodwork!

      April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Yeah like Bush stole the last presidential election? Juggalo you should just go back to your moms basement.

      April 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Staci

    Okay, so now can everybody just shut the hell up already?!?! I'm soo tired of hearing about this. If the kid had been white, all this media hype wouldn't be going on!

    April 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ginger

      If the kid had been white Zimmerman would have been charged that night.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blackbutterfly

      Yeah stupid because the person that would have killed that white boy would have been in jail the same day he committed the murder.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janette

      IF THE KID HAD BEEN WHITE THE SHOOTER WOULD BE IN JAIL!!!!!!!!!!

      April 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoodNews

      You're right! Because if the kid was white the perpetrator would've been ARRESTED the NIGHT! So there would be no need for media coverage because the cops would've done their job.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alli

      Because if the kid had been white he'd still be alive, genius.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blackbutterfly

      Also if it were your child. you would not be tired of hearing about it. Its people like you that make me sick.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      If the kid at been white, he most likely would not have been shot in the first place...think about it.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allinit123

      Black white yellow or green.. If your kid was unarmed and shot dead walking home from the store regardless of how it happened, I don't think you would like someone behaving so frivolously as you are. You behave as though a persons life is just a bother to you.. You are really a pathetic human being.

      April 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angry Reader

      You are right about that because if Trayvon's black self had shot a white Trayvon then he would be in jail and that would have been the end of it!! Get a grip lady!!!

      April 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Free Thinker...

      So what was the point of your post again??? Please leave this discussion board so the rest of us intellectuals can have a proper conversation. Obviously your not able to retain and process information into a well thought out comment, so STOP POSTING!... I have no respect for people that post unnecessary comments on news sites. THIS IS NOT A BLOG... Try worldstarhiphop.com that sounds more like your speed.... SHAME...

      April 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • FreddyZ

      White... and set on fire... or beaten, mugged, and stripped...

      April 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ribidit

    let's remember people that GZ says he acted in self-defense......I have NEVER believed that to be true....if he truly acted in sel-defense mode, then why did he, by his own admission, suffer remorse after the fact....one who acts to protect their life would NOT ever feel remorse for doing so....GZ is a liar, a coward and a reprehensible excuse for a man.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      You obviously have never killed a man. Many of us suffer from depression, wondering if there had been another way. In the end you live with your decisions.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonny B

      And you are a moron. People kill and have remorse all the time, its called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Even if you act in self defense, not that I believe it in this case, you do feel remorse for taking another persons life.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ceramicbisque

      You can act in self defense and still feel remorse for taking a life. One doesnt rule out the other. I'm not saying he acted in self defense, I wasnt there and NEITHER WAS ANYONE ELSE PRONOUNCING JUDGMENT (and agree with the other comments to just shut up about deciding guilt or not.) But what would you expect him to say anyway? Killed him and feel nothing?

      April 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      So you know this to be fact from all of the men you have shot in self defense?

      April 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      That's really scary that you would not feel remorse for taking a life, whether it was justified or not.

      Feeling guilt on the other hand, would be appropriate if you were in the wrong.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustNo

      That's ridiculous. It's extremely common to have acted in self defense and still feel remorse for having to take another life. Happens all the time.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB!

      Wow, have you ever been outside your bubble? You don't think there are soldiers that have a hard time killing in defense of themselves and their brothers? Anyone that kills a person and has no remorse whatsoever after is a psychopath, or as dilusional as you are

      April 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • FreddyZ

      You're an idiot. A HUGE idiot. A HUGE F%&*ing idiot.

      April 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Milton Wiseblood

    Its all election-year grandstanding by 0bobo. (he'll be more flexible after the election)

    April 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • championheart

      That was totally racist. Hope you don't have children, but if you do, I hope they one day shun you because of these KKK ways.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • FlotsamJetsam

      This comment is ridiculous & callous. Someone has died needlessly.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • greely.mike

      @Milton Wiseblood

      "Its all election-year grandstanding by 0bobo. (he'll be more flexible after the election)"

      I'm a Canadian and even I know that you don't seem to understand how state & local laws are enforced. It is all quite independent from your Federal Government. You would do better to blame your Federal Government for the woefully inadequate education you've obviously received.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Grandstanding, what grandstanding? I don't see any grandstanding on Obama's part.

      April 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • FreddyZ

      And available for new employment...

      April 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob vincent

      Hey free thinker. You are EQUAL, not better. Because you think you are better and feel like you can execute people – you are a RACIST!

      April 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Toronto

    God bless America, good news from CNN for the first time, he should be charged longtime ago.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Henry

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/newsom.asp

    April 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. FlotsamJetsam

    This is about time. and frankly Zimmerman would have been better off if he had been charged from the start. He will get his day in court.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the_dude

    He will be charged but will be acquitted in court. This is all just to buy more time before the blacks riot and loot Sanford, FL. There is no way that he could be charged by a jury after all of the race-baiting media coverage from CNN and MSNBC. Screw the blacks they are useless.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      pass the ammo please...Them flok be a commin soon after they let them free.....

      April 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      You...are an a$$

      April 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Please shut up.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Free Thinker...

      The invention of the internet has created a safe haven for you racist animals to post comments. When in all actuality you would never say such things in public or to an actual black person. That just makes you a coward... So what is it that scares you so much about black people? Is it our beautiful skin? Our commanding presence? Our MANY talents? or the fact that we overcame and are passing the masses in an outrageously short time frame when compared to other races that have never been slaves of have been free longer than we have?... Ignorance is bliss. You spend all your time hating us because you really envy us. You wish you had our confidence demeanor. I bet you go from confident to insecure in the presence of an educated black man... INFACT i bet you get weak in the knees when you see a beautiful black woman, but then you fill yourself with anger when you realize that we would NEVER give you the time of day... I feel sorry for you. I pray that your children procreate with the black race so that you can tell you grandchildren that you hate them. I hope they become successful so that they can share the story of their ignorant grandparent that DIED of hatred... You might as well end your life now, because black people aren't going anywhere... Im happy your scared... It means us Black people are moving up. Its impossible to stop it, so you might as well get rid of the hate and learn to love and embrace... Life would be a lot better for you in every aspect... If not, then racist like you need to be shot execution style!!!....

      Free Thinker...

      April 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • stupid opinion

      dude we know how important you are to the world with you big opinions about Black people. Tell me, why are we useless? How have you enhanced the world? Just wondering since you are the authority on us as people?

      April 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. spence

    Under pressure no doubt, to avoid rioting and looting. We'll see if this would be enough to placate the restless mob.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nealo

      The only pressure here is to account for these facts:
      The Sanford police lied about GZ's broken nose.
      GZ lied about GZ's broken nose.
      GZ got out of his car and followed Martin.
      It's much more likely Martin would be able to plead self-defense if he had killed GZ.

      April 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob vincent

      I agree with the modification "restless black mob" Let's start saying what it is...

      April 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Unknown

    The real challenge is actually finding Zimmerman now. He may have left the country.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 1twinsfan

    This is the appropriate call.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tony

    THEM FOLks must be dancin in them streets....Ax themselves bout killing each other......HOPE HE WALKS FREE.....

    April 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blackbutterfly

      You are soooooooooo stupid your kind are the only ones killing up each other or yourself or your own family members. white people can't do s- – – t, but lie kill and take. all You are a devil, Satan is waiting on you and your kind.

      April 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave too

      Thanks for your insightful comments. You can crawl back under your rock now.

      April 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jamie

    Hope he is found innocent, Trayrobbin got what he deserved..

    April 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ginger

      Jamie,
      He deserved to be murdered in "cold blood". WOW

      April 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave too

      HOW DO YOU KNOW??? THIS IS WHY WE HAVE COURTS.

      April 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
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