(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who admits he shot unarmed Florida 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, was charged with murder on Wednesday and has been taken into custody.
The charge of second degree murder was announced by Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey at a news conference Wednesday evening.
If convicted of the charges, Zimmerman, 28, could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Zimmerman arrived at the Seminole County Jail Wednesday at about 8:24 p.m. in a motorcade of black SUVs and armed agents with automatic weapons guarding him. He went into the jail wearing what appeared to be a windbreaker or jacket over his head.
Zimmerman will undergo a medical screening process and then county officials will evaluate whether or not he will go into general population.
He is currently being held with no bond status. A bond hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday when Zimmerman can apply for bail.
Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s new lawyer, said Wednesday evening that he intended to seek his client’s release at Thursday’s hearing and said that he spoke briefly with Zimmerman.
“He’s troubled by the fact that the state decided to charge him,” O’Mara said.
The lawyer also said Zimmerman is scared.
“I think anyone who is charged with second degree murder would be scared. Yes, he’s frightened,” O’Mara said.
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