George Zimmerman in court today to be formally charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman’s new lawyer, Mark O'Mara, is on the right. NBC-TV Photo
George Zimmerman appeared in a Sanford, Fla. courtroom for the first time Thursday to face a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman was dressed in a gray jumpsuit and appeared calm during the brief appearance.
The judge said there was probable cause to move ahead with the case and set a May 29 arraignment date with another judge.
Zimmerman's new lawyer, Mark O'Mara, has said his client would plead not guilty and told reporters after the hearing he would seek Zimmerman's release on bail "probably within the next couple of weeks" after emotions settle down.
Zimmerman was "tired, given the intensity" of attention in the case, O'Mara said.
Zimmerman could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder, MSNBC reported.
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