George Zimmerman (L) and Trayvon Martin (CNN)
ATLANTA (WXIA) -- George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder in connection with the Trayvon Martin shooting case.
Zimmerman's new lawyer, Orlando attorney Mark O'Mara says he is already in custody in the state of Florida, and that he has turned himself in.
When asked about Zimmerman's whereabouts, Corey said they would not reveal the location for Zimmerman's safety, but says he will appear in court in Seminole County, Fla., within 24 hours.
In a separate news conference, O'Mara said Zimmerman would plead not guilty to the charge of second degree murder. O'Mara went on to say that Zimmerman was being transported to Seminole County, where he is expected to appear in court.
Under Florida law, second degree murder is punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison. Second degree murder is ordinarily charged when there is a fight or other confrontation that results in death and where there is no premeditated plan to kill someone.
An official announcement came from the office of Florida State's Attorney and special prosecutor Angela Corey late Wednesday afternoon.
Corey was named by Florida Gov. Rick Scott as special prosecutor to look into the shooting case which has captivated the nation.
Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26. Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense. Police questioned Zimmerman but decided not to press charges.
Martin's father, Tracy, says he was looking forward to Corey's announcement.
"It's 44 days later, and George Zimmerman is still walking free," Martin said at a news conference in Washington Wednesday afternoon. "It's 44 days later, and my son is in a mausoleum."
Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a statement Wednesday afternoon:
"We are fortunate in our state that most Floridians and local civic leaders are law-abiding, responsible citizens who all want justice to prevail. No matter what State Attorney Corey determines following her investigation of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, I trust in the goodness of all Florida citizens to allow our justice system to reach an appropriate conclusion in this case."
Scott released a second statement later in the afternoon Wednesday:
"This matter is now in the hands of the judicial system and I am confident justice will prevail. As the process continues, it is critical that we be patient and allow the proceedings to move forward in a fair and transparent manner. I thank State Attorney Angela Corey for her diligence in conducting a thorough investigation. We will all continue to look for answers to the Trayvon Martin tragedy."