Report: Feds Weigh Hate Crime Charge In Trayvon Martin Death

Source: Melanie Eversley / USA Today

George Zimmerman, the volunteer neighborhood watchman from Florida charged in the killing of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, could face federal hate crime charges, WFTV is reporting.

Zimmerman profiled and stalked Martin before allegedly shooting and killing him on Feb. 26, so now the FBI is looking into charging Zimmerman with a hate crime, the television station reports Florida state prosecutors have said.

Zimmerman has said he acted in self defense.

If Zimmerman is convicted of his second-degree murder charge, he could face life in prison, but a hate crime charge could mean he would face the death penalty, WFTV reports.

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  • live2D

    can we please stop calling him a “volunteer neighborhood watch…”
    there was NO registered neighborhood watch.
    he didn’t follow any neighborhood watch standard rules or regulations.
    he declared HIMSELF “Captain of the Night Watch”

    this is NOT a neighborhood watch program. please adjust your phrasing.