…has been arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder.
You may have noticed that so far I have refrained from drawing any conclusions about Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence, because we just don’t know enough about the facts of the case. We still don’t. What we do know is that a prosecutor has considered the case against Zimmerman strong enough to arrest and charge him. And that this is going to continue to be a very divisive situation for a long time to come.
Special prosecutor Angela Corey announced the charges but would not discuss how she arrived at them or disclose other details of her investigation, saying: “That’s why we try cases in a courtroom.”
Second-degree murder is typically brought in cases when there is a fight or other confrontation that results in death but involves no premeditation to kill. It carries a mandatory minimum of 25 years behind bars when a gun is used…
Corey said the decision to bring charges was based on the facts and the law, declaring: “We do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition.”…
Corey repeatedly declined to answer questions about details in the case.
“So much information got released on this case that never should have been released. We have to protect this prosecution and this investigation for Trayvon, for George Zimmerman,” she said.
The following, however, is a ridiculous conclusion to come to, and typical of the sort of inflammatory comments that have been standard in this case right from the start:
“That indicates they have evidence (Zimmerman) was chasing Trayvon because he was black,” said Florida defense attorney Richard Hornsby.
Zimmerman could easily have been charged with second-degree murder without the issue of race coming into it at all. We just don’t know on what evidence the charges are based, and Corey is absolutely correct in trying to keep it that way at this point.