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UPDATE: Zimmerman charged with 2nd degree murder, in custody

SANFORD, Fla. (WKOW) -- George Zimmerman, the man arrested for shooting Trayvon Martin, is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday on a second-degree murder charge.

Zimmerman is in jail in Sanford, Florida after turning himself in. He did so hours after a special prosecutor announced he will face the charge for shooting the 17-year-old Martin.

It all dates back to February 26 when Martin and Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, got into a fight. Zimmerman admitted to shooting the teen in self-defense.

After the charge and Zimmerman's arrest, Martin's parents said all they wanted was justice for their son.

"We just wanted an arrest and we got it and I say thank you," said Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton. 

And now begins the long criminal process.

"We will continue to walk by faith," said Martin's father, Tracy Martin. "We will continue to hold hands on this journey. White, black, Hispanic, Latino... We will continue to walk. We will march and march and march until the right thing is done."

Zimmerman's new attorney, Mark O'Mara, says his client will plead not guilty. O'Mara said he'll fight for Zimmerman's release.

"He is troubled by everything that happened. I cannot imagine living in George Zimmerman's shoes for the past number of weeks," O'Mara said Wednesday night.

O'Mara also asked that people not jump to conclusions about whether his client is guilty or not.

If convicted, Zimmerman could face life in prison.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WKOW) -- A special prosecutor announced Wednesday that George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Angela Corey says that 28-year-old Zimmerman turned himself in and is in police custody. Corey would not say where Zimmerman is being held for his safety.

Corey announced the second-degree murder charge at a news conference Wednesday in Jacksonville, Florida.

An arrest had been delayed because of Florida's so-called stand your ground law, which gives people wide latitude to claim self-defense in a killing and other altercations.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Second-degree murder is typically charged when there is a fight or other confrontation that results in death and where there is no premeditated plan to kill someone.

The lack of an arrest in the 17-year-old's death had sparked outrage and rallies for justice in the Orlando suburb and across the country.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WKOW) -- A law enforcement official says George Zimmerman is in police custody and will be charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The official charge against Zimmerman will be announced at a 5 p.m. (CST) news conference Wednesday.

An arrest had been delayed because of Florida's so-called stand your ground law, which gives people wide latitude to claim self-defense in a killing and other altercations.

The lack of an arrest in the 17-year-old's death had sparked outrage and rallies for justice in the Orlando suburb and across the country.

Watch the special prosecutor's new conference live at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday at www.wkow.com/live.

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SANFORD, Fla. (WKOW) -- A decision of whether charges will be filed in the shooting of an unarmed Florida teen has been made, sources tell ABC News.

Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey is expected to announce a decision whether to charge George Zimmerman with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin at a 5 p.m. (CST) news conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

The prosecutor's ruling is certain to provoke controversy in Sanford, where shooting took place, and across the country.

Zimmerman, 28, a white Hispanic neighborhood watch captain, shot and killed 17-year-old Martin on February 26 after following the teenager for several minutes.

The special prosecutor's ruling comes one day after Zimmerman's legal team quit because they had lost contact with him, and suggested that the pressure of the case had "pushed him over the edge."

Zimmerman's lawyers said that he was no longer in Florida, and ABC News has learned that prosecutors do not know his exact location.

The U.S. Justice Department is also carrying out an investigation into the shooting.

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