As our Katherine Stone noted earlier this evening, Trayvon Martin’s shooter George Zimmerman has finally, finally been arrested. Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder and is in the custody of law enforcement officers in Florida after having turned himself in.
Trayvon Martin’s family spoke at a press conference, his mother Sybrina Fulton telling reporters, “Thank God. We simply wanted an arrest and we got it. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Jesus.” She added, “A heart has no color – it’s not black, it’s not white, it’s red. And I want to say thank you from my heart to your heart.”
Zimmerman went missing after Easter Sunday, and his lawyers, Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner, announced yesterday that they were withdrawing from his case because he hadn’t responded to their repeated efforts to contact him. Zimmerman is now represented by Mark O’Mara. O’Mara says his client will plead not guilty and argue that he shot Martin in self-defense. In the wake of Zimmerman’s arrest, Martin’s mother told reporters, “I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, justice will be served.” CBS reports, “His father, Tracy Martin, says it will be very important to also get a conviction.”
Rev. Al Sharpton appeared alongside Trayvon Martin’s parents today and Sharpton urges everyone who might “high-five” as a result of Zimmerman’s arrest to behave with dignity. “We do not want anybody high-fiving tonight. There’s no winners here. This is not about gloating. This is about serving justice. We are still mourning with this family,” Sharpton said.