Trayvon Martin Shooter Arrives At Jail After Turning Himself In

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The man charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin's death has arrived at a Florida jail after turning himself in.

George Zimmerman was logged into the jail in Sanford on Wednesday night, hours after a special prosecutor announced the charge against him. He's expected to make his first court appearance on Thursday.

Television cameras showed black SUVs pulling into a loading area, but the suspect himself wasn't visible.

Zimmerman's Attorney Mark O'Mara says that his client will plead not guilty. Zimmerman is being held without bond but O'Mara said he plans to ask for bail to be set.

Zimmerman has acknowledged shooting Martin but says it was in self-defense after the two got into a fight on February 26.

UPDATE: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose death ignited nationwide protests.

Special prosecutor Angela Corey says that the 28-year-old Zimmerman is in custody. She wouldn't disclose Zimmerman's whereabouts for his safety, but said that he will be in court within 24 hours.

Corey says that authorities did not come to the decision lightly, nor was it based on public pressure.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Second-degree murder is typically charged when there is a fight or other confrontation that results in death and where there is no premeditated plan to kill someone.

Zimmerman has asserted since the Feb. 26 killing in Sanford that he shot the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense after the two fought.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A special prosecutor in Florida confirms there will be an announcement at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Trayvon Martin case -- but she isn't confirming that charges will be filed in connection with the death of the 17-year-old.

But a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation says George Zimmerman will, in fact, be charged.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, has admitted shooting the unarmed black teen, but has said he was acting in self-defense.

The lack of an arrest has led to protests across the nation.

Today, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department is conducting a thorough and independent review of the case after launching its own investigation three weeks ago.

Two lawyers who had been representing Zimmerman announced yesterday that they were no longer handling his case because they
hadn't heard from him since Sunday. They have said he's in hiding
and suffering from high levels of stress.

But according to the law enforcement source with knowledge of the case, police know where Zimmerman is.

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