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George Zimmerman booked into jail in Trayvon Martin killing

April 11, 2012|By Connie Stewart
  • George Zimmerman, 28, is facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman, 28, is facing a second-degree murder charge in the death… (Sanford Police )

George Zimmerman was booked into the Seminole County Jail in Sanford, Fla., on Wednesday evening on second-degree murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Special prosecutor Angela Corey announced earlier in the day that she would charge Zimmerman, who shot Martin on Feb. 26. Gov. Rick Scott had appointed her to take over after another prosecutor withdrew from the case, which became a cause celebre for civil rights activists and a flash point for race relations in the 21st century.

Martin, 17, was black; Zimmerman, 28, has a white father and a Latina mother. 

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Martin was walking back to the home of his father's fiancee in a gated Sanford neighborhood. He had gone to a convenience store for Skittles and an iced tea.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, called police to report Martin as a suspicious person and followed him. A fight ensued and Zimmerman shot Martin to death, claiming self-defense. Sanford police refused to arrest him.

On Wednesday night, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Zimmerman had arrived at the jail in Sanford. 

In her news conference earlier Wednesday, Corey said Zimmerman had turned himself in, but she refused to say where he was "for his safety as well as everyone's safety."

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