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Zimmerman Charged: 2nd-Degree Murder

Forty-five days after the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder by Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey. As has been the case since the beginning, there is debate on the severity of the second-degree charge. Some think it was the appropriate move for the prosecutors, while others believe it is far too harsh of a punishment if convicted.

Sean had Fox 35 reporter Shannon Butler, who is the only one who has interviewed the first eye-witness that came forward, criminal defense Attorney Rebecca Rose Woodland and prosecutor Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi on 'Hannity.’ Prosecutor Nicolazzi felt that even though forty-five days might seem like a long time, it might have been in the best interest of the case. "Right now we don't know all the evidence. And if you take a look at this special prosecutor, she was appointed on March 22nd. That's weeks ago and it took her until today to formally file those charges. So, I would say that what it looks like to me is she took her time. If it was just political or public pressure, then why not have this information, these charges out in a few days. We don't know all the evidence."

Defense attorney Woodland discussed what possible strategy the defense team might take. "You are going to have competing forensic experts, but you know what? Zimmerman has an excuse to second-degree murder in Florida which is sudden combat. If the defense can prove sudden combat then that will absolutely make the jury declare a not guilty." Sudden combat, according to Florida law states that the killing of a human being is excusable, and therefore lawful, if "the killing is committed by accident and misfortune resulting from a sudden combat, if a dangerous weapon is not used and the killing is not done in a cruel or unusual manner."







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