George Zimmerman to face charges in Trayvon Martin shooting death [Updated]

trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-getty.jpg UPDATE: Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the case. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

George Zimmerman will face charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, this according to a senior official close to the investigation.

The Washington Post is reporting that Zimmerman could be charged as soon as Wednesday (April 11) afternoon. A press conference is set for 6 p.m. ET. It is unclear what charges Zimmerman will face.

An unarmed Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26 by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman claims he was acting in self-defense. The Sanford police did not charge Zimmerman with a crime, saying he was within the rights of the state's "stand your ground" law.

Since the shooting, there have been countless protests and demonstrations on behalf of Martin. LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Congressman Bobby Rush, P. Diddy and many others have since donned hooded sweatshirts in support of Martin, who was wearing the outfit at the time of his killing.

Check back for more news as it develops.

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