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Murder Charge Brought in Trayvon Martin Case

by AP posted Apr 12 2012 5:53AM

<VIDEO> SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has been arrested and is charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26.
Special prosecutor Angela Corey announced the charge at a news conference Wednesday, seven weeks after the killing.
Trayvon Martin's parents, civil rights leaders and other people have portrayed the case as racially charged, saying the 28-year-old Zimmerman would have been arrested immediately had he been black and the victim white. Martin was black.
Some explanations, key quotes, and questions and answers in the case:
     Second-degree murder means a killing that was not premeditated but resulted instead from an "imminently dangerous act" that showed a "depraved" lack of regard for human life.
     Under Florida's "stand your ground" law, which gives people wide latitude to use deadly force rather than retreat during a fight, Corey must first prove to a judge that Zimmerman  wasn't defending himself when he killed Trayvon Martin. Only then can she take the case to a jury, in front of which she will face a high legal burden to prove that the killing wasn't in self-defense.
     -Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, of Zimmerman: "The question I would really like to ask him is, if he could look into Trayvon's eyes and see how innocent he was, would he have then pulled the trigger? Or would he have just let him go on home?" 
     -Zimmerman's new lawyer, Mark O'Mara: "He is troubled by everything that has happened. I cannot imagine living in George Zimmerman's shoes for the past number of weeks. Because he has been at the focus of a lot of anger, and maybe confusion and maybe some hatred and that has to be difficult. ... I'm expecting a lot of work and hopefully justice in the end." 
     -O'Mara on Zimmerman: "I'm not concerned about his mental well-being."
     -Special prosecutor Angela Corey: "We do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition."
     -Stacy Davis, who is black, reacting to Zimmerman's arrest: "It's not a black or white thing for me. It's a right or wrong thing. He needed to be arrested. I'm happy because maybe that boy (Martin) can get some rest."
     -George Zimmerman to a 911 dispatcher the night of the shooting: "This guy looks like he is up to no good - he is on drugs or something."  
     -President Barack Obama, earlier in the case: "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon." 
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04/12/2012 5:52AM
Murder Charge Brought in Trayvon Martin Case
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