The man responsible for slaying 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, could face the death penalty if found guilty with reports claiming federal hate crime charges may be added to his second-degree murder case.
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. FBI representatives are interviewing residents of Zimmerman’s neighborhood in Sanford, Fla., looking for evidence of a hate crime, according to WFTV. (USA Today)
Some reports have said that prosecution has video evidence of the incident itself. Things should get interesting.