George Zimmerman has been taken into custody and will face criminal charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, officials told NBC News.

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who is set to face second-degree murder charges in the death of an unarmed black teen, will plead not guilty at his first court appearance scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 p.m., his lawyer said.

Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show, Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s new lawyer, said his client is stressed and very tired and hoping to get bail.

“He wants to be out (of jail) to be able to help with his defense, but overall he is doing ok,” O’Mara said.

Florida special prosecutor announced Wednesday that she concluded that claims of self defense were not supported in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Read More


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