In the latest development of the Trayvon Martin case, George Zimmerman has been arrested, charged with second degree murder, and is currently being held without bond. Special attorney Angela Corey announced that it would not be revealed where Zimmerman is being held, however, his arraignment will be within the next 24 hours.
Corey says that authorities did not come to their decision to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder 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.
Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier today that he would take appropriate action if evidence of a civil rights crime is found in the shooting. The Justice Department launched an investigation of the Martin killing three weeks ago. Zimmerman wasn’t initially arrested because of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which gives people almost unlimited leverage in claiming self defense in cases that has resulted in death.