After over a month in hiding, George Zimmerman is currently in police custody after being charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

According to reports by the Associated Press, Florida state prosecutor Angela Corey formerly charged Zimmerman on Wednesday (April 11).

“We have charged George Zimmerman charged with murder in the 2nd degree and he is in custody,” Corey said. “We do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition. And it is the search for justice for Trayvon that has led us to this moment.”

Zimmerman voluntarily turned himself in to authorities yesterday with a new legal council. He was reportedly out of the state of Florida in hiding since the tragic incident in February.

Zimmerman’s lawyers withdrew from the case a day before he was charged, citing their inability to get in contact with their client.

George Zimmerman, a self appointed neighbourhood watchman, shot and killed Trayvon Martin on February 26th while he was walking home with ice tea and a bag of skittles in a gated community.

He is facing a minimum sentence of 25 years if he is convicted