George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watchman who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in late February, has been charged with 2nd degree murder, according to Yahoo News.
He is currently being held without bail.
Angela Corey, the prosecutor investigating the case, said "[w]e did not come to this decision lightly."
"We're law enforcement. We enforce the law," she added.
When asked for further comment Corey declined to discuss the specifics of the investigation.
Corey also said that Zimmerman has turned himself in to authorities and is currently in police custody, though she declined to mention where specifically he is being held. Zimmerman had originally left the state amidst the controversy surrounding the shooting, but returned upon finding that he had been formally charged.
The charges come a day after Zimmerman's attorney's dropped the case because he had stopped communicating with them.
Accordingly, Zimmerman has retained attorney Mark O'Mara who said that his client will plead not guilty and hopes that the judge will reconsider allowing him to secure bond.
"He is troubled by everything that has happened," said O'Mara. "Truly, it must be frightening to not be able to go into a 7-Eleven or a store. It would trouble any of us."
O'Mara also said that because of the racial tension surrounding the case Zimmerman will likely be held in protective custody.
The actual story surrounding the shooting has been a subject of national attention since the death of the 17-year-old African-American Martin on February 26.
After, the shooting Zimmerman, a gated community watchman, told police that he was attacked by Martin and acted in self-defense.
Corey announced earlier this week that the case would not be heard by a grand jury.
"There's been an overwhelming amount of publicity," said Corey, expressing concern over overexposure to a potential jury pool. "It's regrettable that so many facts got released and misconstrued."
"Forty-five days ago, Trayvon Martin was murdered," Rev. Al Sharpton said at a separate press conference in Washington, accompanied by Martin's parents. "No arrest was made. The chief of police announced after his review of the evidence there would be no arrest. His parents refused to leave it there."
"Tonight," Sharpton continued, "Maybe America can come together and say only the facts should matter, when dealing with a loss of life.
"This is not a night for celebration," he added. "This is a night that shouldn't have happened in the first place."
Ben Crump, the Martin family attorney, added that "[i]t's about justice, justice, justice."
"If we just stand our ground, we can make a difference," Crump added.
Martin's parents spoke at the press conference as well, stating that justice must be served.
After much turmoil, protests on streets, and even within congress Zimmerman has finally been charged with murder.
Zimmerman will be provided with constitutional guarantee of the right to a fair trial where he and his attorney will be able to present evidence to demonstrate their theory of the case, that he acted in self-defense.
There is without a doubt that this case will be the subject of intense national media scrutiny in the upcoming months, as it has been for the past month or so.
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