At an evening press conference, Corey said Zimmerman, 28, was already in custody.
“It seems like an enormous swing to be able go from not feeling you have enough evidence to arrest him, to charging him with essentially as high as you can charge him in second-degree murder,” Richard Hornsby, a criminal defense attorney in Orlando, Fla., told MSNBC.com
On Feb. 26, an unarmed Martin was reportedly shot by Zimmerman while returning home from a nearby convenience store. The killing of the 17-year-old has caused a national outcry, sparking protests and calls for Zimmerman’s arrest. But on Wednesday afternoon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, urged everyone to remain calm, saying she was confident “justice will be served.” “For the last 44 days it has been a nightmare and this is coming from a mother’s perspective,” Fulton told reporters at a press conference in Washington, D.C. I have been up and down as if I were on a roller coaster. But I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that justice will be served,” she said.
News of the charges come one day after Zimmerman’s lawyers announced they were no longer representing the 28-year-old, saying they were unable to contact their former client.