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Zimmerman charged with murder in Martin’s death

George Zimmerman & Trayvon Martin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The man accused in the death of Trayvon Martin, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, has been charged with second-degree murder Wednesday.

Florida authorities originally declined to press charges against Zimmerman.

Officials said the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows individuals who feel threatened in a public place to “meet force with force,” prevented them from making an arrest in the case.

Zimmerman has claimed self-defense in the matter.

Sanford, Florida City Manager Norton Bonaparte, Jr. said Zimmerman said he shot the 17-year-old Martin after being punched in the nose and having his head slammed into the concrete.