Zimmerman Gets Second-Degree Murder Charge In Martin Shooting


Neighborhood watch worker George Zimmerman is in custody in Florida on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, the Orlando Sentinel reports. He hired a new attorney, Mark O’Mara, after his previous lawyers dropped out of the case.

Zimmerman, who has not spoken publicly since he shot and killed 17-year-old Martin in February, has said he was acting in self-defense. Attorneys Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner have been speaking on his behalf, but now they say Zimmerman has not returned their calls, e-mails, or text messages. Zimmerman has been acting in somewhat bizarre ways, including contacting special prosecutor Angela Corey, directly – which his attorneys say they never would have advised him to do – as well as Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Zimmerman has started a website to raise money for his defense.

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