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George Zimmerman Will Be Charged for Trayvon Martin Killing

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    George Zimmerman's mugshot from his July 16, 2005 arrest. He was charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, and Resisting Officer with Violence during a friend's underage drinking arrest.
By Benge Nsenduluka, CP Reporter
April 11, 2012|3:02 pm

George Zimmerman will be charged in the death of Trayvon Martin according to new reports, and Jacksonville State Attorney, Angela Corey, is expected to make an official announcement on Wednesday.

While the charges are yet to be filed, some experts suspect that Zimmerman could face a range of charges including manslaughter and aggravated battery, according to CNN.

The news comes just one day after Zimmerman's attorneys, Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner announced that they will no longer represent him after two days of failed attempts to communicate with their client.

"As of the last couple days, he has not returned phone calls, text messages or emails, he's gone on his own. I'm not sure what he's doing or who he's talking to. I cannot go forward speaking to the public about George Zimmerman and this case as representing him because I've lost contact with him," Sonner said during a press conference.

On Feb. 26 Zimmerman, 28, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, shot and killed unarmed teen, Trayvon Martin, outside of his Sanford, FLA., home, and while 17-year-old Martin's parents believe that their son was murdered, Zimmerman maintains that he acted in self defense.

Zimmerman's whereabouts is now said to be unknown and some critics fear that he may now be on the run.

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Both Uhrig and Sonner revealed that Zimmerman had recently contacted Corey's office to discuss the case although prosecutors in her office refused to communicate with him without legal representation, which Uhrig said is worrying on Zimmerman's part.

"To handle it this way, suggests that he may not be in complete control of what's going on. We're concerned for his emotional and physical safety," Uhrig said.

"He is largely alone. You might even say he is emotionally crippled by virtue of the pressure of this case," Uhrig said, adding that the ongoing protests and death threats may have pushed Zimmerman "a little bit over the edge."

 

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