REPORT: Zimmerman will be charged with second-degree murder

Posted at 2:30 PM, Apr 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-11 19:08:21-04

UPDATED: Click here for the special prosecutors comments from the press conference about George Zimmerman.

(WTVR) –  The Washington Post is reporting George Zimmerman will be charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The Post cited a law enforcement official close to the investigation for the information. [Read the Washington Post report]

Just slightly ahead of the scheduled 6 p.m. news conference, the Associated Press reported that Zimmerman is in custody and will be charged with second-degree murder.

Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old Floridian who was killed February 26 as he returned to his father’s fiancee’s house in Sanford after picking up candy and an iced tea at a nearby convenience store.

The news that Zimmerman will be charged came shortly after the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Martin family attorney called Wednesday for the public to remain peaceful, whatever the decision of the special prosecutor turns out to be.

The state attorney, Angela Corey, said she will present new information about the case at 6 p.m. Wednesday. [CLICK TO VIEW LIVE STREAM: 6:00 pm press conference scheduled on Zimmerman charges]

Zimmerman is in Florida and has surrendered to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, his lawyer, Mark O'Mara, told CNN legal analyst Mark NeJame.

Zimmerman, who has said he fatally shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense, "was out of the state of Florida, as I understand it, for his safety."