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.