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Second-degree murder charge in Trayvon Martin case

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 4:43 p.m. CDT; updated 4:57 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 11, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A law enforcement official says that the killer in the Trayvon Martin case will be charged with second-degree murder and is in custody.

The official with knowledge of the case says that the charge against George Zimmerman will be announced at a news conference at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The official says he's in custody in Florida but wouldn't say where. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to disclose the information.

An arrest had been delayed because of Florida's so-called "stand your ground" law, which gives people wide latitude to claim self-defense in a killing and other altercations.

The lack of an arrest had sparked outrage and rallies for justice across the country.


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