A law enforcement official has informed NBC news that special prosecutor Angela Corey will bring criminal charges against George Zimmerman around 6pm tonight.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not know the nature of the charges, but since Corey stated she would not bring the case before a grand jury, first-degree murder is not an option, NBC reports. This morning, Seminole County sheriff’s deputies set up barricades along the booking area for new inmates at the county jail, which for many further confirms news that Zimmerman will soon be behind bars.
Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy, said he is looking forward to Corey’s announcement:
“It’s 44 days later, and George Zimmerman is still walking free,” he said at a news conference during a meeting of the National Action Network in Washington. “It’s 44 days later, and my son is in a mausoleum.”
The mood in Sanford, FL, where Trayvon was killed is said to be “intense,” pending the outcome of this case. Local resident Drew Campbell told the WESH Orlando station there:
“Everybody is on attention for this decision. Everybody is on their toes.”
Luckily, no one, especially Trayvon’s parents, will have to wait much longer—and thankfully, it appears the right decision will be made.
UPDATE: 6:05 P.M. EST – George Zimmerman is in police custody and will be charged with second degree murder.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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