When special prosecutor Angela Corey announced second degree murder charges for George Zimmerman, one of the first questions from reporters in the televised press conference was if she had obtained any evidence to warrant this charge. Although Corey refused to answer the question, recently released court documents reveal that those charges are anchored in the assertion that Zimmerman did not only “profile” Trayvon Martin, but pursued him as well, provoking the physical confrontation.
In the two-page affidavit, which was filed with the court Thursday afternoon, investigators for special prosecutor Angela Corey said Zimmerman “confronted Martin and a struggle ensued.” Zimmerman has claimed he shot in self-defense Feb. 26 in Sanford after Martin knocked him to the ground and began beating him about the face.
A judge apparently found this reason enough to move forward with those second degree murder charges on “probable cause.” Zimmerman has entered a not guilty plea but could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
The court documents reveal that — contrary to the opinion that the police are charging Zimmerman in the court of “the public” — there is evidence to this scenario. Evidence that would have otherwise not been uncovered had the case been left to the local police.