trayvon_martin_and_george_zimmerman.jpg Florida special prosecutor Angela B. Corey announced that a second degree murder charge has been filed against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain, who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

The decision by Corey was announced at a press conference held in Jacksonville, Fla. on Wednesday. He faces life in prison if convicted.

The charge comes a day after Zimmerman's attorneys quit, but Corey said it was her understanding that he has retained new counsel.

Zimmerman, a 28-year-old, a white Hispanic, shot and killed Martin, 17, who was black, on Feb. 26, after following the teenager for several minutes.