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Arraignment Set For George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman appeared in court Thursday after being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. 

One day after turning himself in, George Zimmerman appeared in court Thursday on a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. 

The judge set the formal arraignment for May 29.

George Zimmerman (Photo courtesy Seminole County)
George Zimmerman (Photo courtesy Seminole County)

If Zimmerman is convicted of shooting the Florida teenager, he faces a minimum of 25 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life. 

Zimmerman's new attorney, Mark O'Mara, said that he will plead not guilty. He referenced the Flordia "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force when confronted with danger.

O'Mara began defending Zimmerman after his original lawyers left the case, saying that they had lost touch with their client. 

Prosecutor Angela Corey discussed the public uproar surrounding the Feb. 26 shooting and said that too much information had already been made public.

"We do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition. We prosecute based on the facts on any given case as well as the laws of the state of Florida," said Corey. 

Some legal experts believed that the prosecution would seek manslaughter charges, which typically carry 15 years behind bars. 


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