George Zimmerman: Charges
George Zimmerman has been charged with homicide in the second degree, which in Florida carries a possible penalty of 25 years to life in prison. Second degree murder is sometimes called “heat of passion” murder, or “depraved heart” murder. It differs from first degree murder in that it is not premeditated, that is, it was not committed “in cold blood.” A classic example of second degree murder is the husband who finds his wife having an affair and, in the heat of passion, kills the lover.
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