GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – George Zimmerman, the self-confessed killer of an un-armed Florida Afro-American, was charged Wednesday evening 11 April with second-degree murder, six weeks after the incident.
The murder of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin by Zimmerman, who admits to have acted in self-defense in his role as a neighborhood watch volunteer, sparked a nationwide debate about racial profiling and general outrage at how the killer could remain free. US President Barack Obama had added to the discourse last month, saying “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”.
Zimmerman is expected to plead not guilty. His lawyer will request his release on bail when he appears before the magistrate Thursday.