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Prosecutor says George Zimmerman will be charged with 2nd-degree murder

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The parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin (2nd-L) and Sybrina Fulton (3rd-R) hold hands as they watch a news conference on April 11 in Washington D.C. as special prosecutor Angela Corey in Sanford, Florida, announces charges against George Zimmerman.

M. Alex Johnson of MSNBC.com reports:

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Parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, hold hands in Washington D.C. on April 11 as they watch the news conference announcing charges against George Zimmerman.

George Zimmerman is in custody in Florida and will be charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, authorities announced Wednesday. His attorney said he would plead not guilty.

"We did not come to this decision lightly," Angela Corey, the special prosecutor appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to re-examine the case, said at a news conference in Jacksonville.

Corey said she decided last week to seek the charge but needed several days to make sure all details were in order. She said she had informed Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton.

 

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State Attorney Angela Corey, special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case, center, announces during a news conference in Jacksonville, Fla. on April 11 that George Zimmerman will be charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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Deloyd Parker, right, tells Lee Rhyne about Trayvon Martin as they watch State Attorney Angela Corey, special prosecutor in the case, announce during a news conference that George Zimmerman will be charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Martin, The two watched the news conference at the SHAPE community center in Houston on April 11.

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Dorothy Jackson (center) and others pray together for Trayvon Martin at the Allen Chapel A.M.E. church in Sanford, Fla. on April 11 after the Florida Special Prosecutor, Angela Corey, announced to the media that George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder in the death of Martin.

Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey announced George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. NBC's Kerry Sanders reports.

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