This will be updated as the Florida Prosecutor, Angela Corey gives her press conference at 6 pm EST/3 pm PST.
The initial report is that George Zimmerman has been taken into custody in Florida. He had left the state of Florida, but returned.
Zimmerman voluntarily surrendered.
He will be represented by Seminole Attorney Mark O'Mara. O'Mara has the O'Mara law firm and was a news analyst for local CBS affiliate, WKMG Channel 6. He felt that there was bias against Jose Baez in the Casey Anthony Case.
Zimmerman is the self described neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed Trayvon Martin under suspicious circumstances in February.
Zimmerman provided statements that would have prevented prosecution under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, but he was contradicted by the facts in the case and by several witnesses.
Yesterday, Zimmerman's lawyers engaged in a bizarre and rambling press conference where they revealed a disturbing amount of information as they announced that they had let Zimmerman go as their client.
Corey arrived at her decision last week. This means that Zimmerman was determined by prosecutors to have committed a homicide that was not an excusable or justifiable homicide.
Her repeated mantra "We prosecute based on facts".
She referred to the Martins as "That sweet family". She promised to seek justice for Trayvon Martin.
The family is the constitutional victim and has the right to information.
"Did not come to this decision lightly."
"We will continue to seek the truth."
A Capias warrant with a "no bond" request was issued.
"Charging 2nd degree murder." Maximum sentence is life in prison.
Zimmerman will appear before a magistrate within 24 hours and then formal prosecution will begin.
A bond or bail hearing will be scheduled. Zimmerman has the right to seek a bail hearing as soon as possible.
Will not tell where Zimmerman is in custody. Referred to the safety of him and everyone else as the reason for not giving the location.
Will not discuss evidence. Maintains that full investigation went on and will go on.
She is unaware that O'Mara is his defense attorney.
She will "fight stand your ground". She will fight that law if it is used as an affirmative defense. She said that she fights stand your ground laws hard when they are used as affirmative defenses.
From E-How, this is a good enough definition of an affirmative defense.
"An affirmative defense is a statement that admits that facts are true, but explains why your actions were not in violation of the law. For instance, an affirmative defense to civil battery may be that you were acting in self-defense. Write such an affirmative defense with the heading "First Affirmative Defense" and the line "Defendant alleges that Defendant's actions constitute self-defense, rending the actions not tortious."
Seminole county will be the original venue, but Cory will be the prosecutor, working in that county.
She is concerned about getting a fair and impartial jury.
She is concerned that a lot of "regrettable" facts and details got released in away that they were misconstrued.
April 12, 2002: Zimmerman had his first court hearing. He said nothing as advised by the court.
The judge gave no indication about bond, and the defense did not ask for it. But Zimmerman's attorneys hope that he will be freed at a later hearing to be held within the next two weeks once he has a "safe" place set up.
He has entered an affirmative defense, meaning that he thinks that he will skate by lying and pleading not guilty.
It was agreed by both prosecution and defense that certain records of the case would be sealed.
Mark O'Mara cited that witnesses' personal information, addresses and phone numbers have been sealed in other cases.
Actually Zimmerman may not make it to a court trial if the government determines that Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law allowed him to stalk and kill an unarmed person, to lie about the circumstances, then have evidence compromised by an obviously incompetent and corrupted responding law enforcement agency.
The precedent that is being established in this cae will aid anyone who develops a "fear" of Zimmerman, which is why he will have to go into hiding if he makes bail.
All other "fearful" people with guns need to pay attention and keep themselves under control.
In other upcoming events, there is still the weak possibility of investigations into the actions of the police department on the night that Trayvon Martin was murdered.