After a month-long national debate over justice and racial profiling sparked by the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, shooter George Zimmerman was charged with murder in the second degree Wednesday.
Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey, who announced the charge, said that “the search for justice has brought us to this moment.” Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, fatally shot the unarmed Martin in Sanford, Fla. 47 days ago.
Under Florida law, murder in the second degree refers to a killing that is not premeditated but carried out with “a depraved mind regardless of human life.” If convicted, Zimmerman’s maximum sentence would be life in prison. His lawyer said Zimmerman will plead not guilty.
More of your morning links below:
— Indonesians were surprised to find that two powerful earthquakes Wednesday left minimal damage. Five people died from heart attacks. Indonesia was one of the countries hardest hit by a devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004. (Associated Press)
— A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico on Thursday, just hours after a separate quake caused tall buildings in Mexico to sway. Neither quake left victims or major damages. (AP)
— The UC Davis pepper spraying incident should not have happened, a report from a task force at the university found. The study says Occupy protesters never posed a violent threat, and that police made poor decisions in the use of force. (Los Angeles Times)
— Two USC graduates students were shot and killed near campus Wednesday. Police believe a lone gunman was responsible and had been trying to rob the students. (Los Angeles Times)