George Zimmerman, Accused Murderer, Receives Bail

Trayvon Martin Case

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE- Zimmerman has spent nine days in the Seminole County Jail since his arrest, which came six weeks after he shot and killed Martin, who was unarmed and walking through a small gated development in Sanford. Zimmerman told police he shot Martin in self-defense.

The case, which led to protests and marches around the country, raised questions about Florida’s expansive self-defense law and racial profiling after Zimmerman was not immediately arrested. Widely criticized for not moving quickly enough on the case, both the Sanford police chief and the local prosecutor stepped aside.

Gov. Rick Scott appointed Angela Corey, a state attorney from the Jacksonville area, as a special prosecutor to manage the case. Corey brought the maximum possible charge against Zimmerman, outlining in court papers that he had profiled Martin based on his race before following him as he walked through the gated development.

If convicted of second-degree murder, Zimmerman could face life in prison.

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