"We simply wanted an arrest," said Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, at a press conference. "I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, justice will be served.”
Unrest in the community will subside now that Zimmerman has been charged, predicted Shayan Elahi of the Florida Civil Rights Association.
"The arrest is partial closure for Trayvon's family and the community at large," Mr. Elahi told the Sun Sentinel newspaper in Ft. Lauderdale. "It also means that Zimmerman will have his right to due process in court and not in the court of public opinion."
That due process includes the following steps, as outlined by the Miami Herald:
•Zimmerman faces a charge of second-degree murder with a firearm, a first-degree felony punishable by a minimum of 25 years in prison and up to life behind bars.
•Within 15 days, prosecutors must start providing Zimmerman’s defense attorney with “discovery,” the first witness statements, police reports, and photos that will be used as evidence against Zimmerman. Most of the evidence will be released to the public and media, although the substance of any of his confessions can be withheld before trial.
•Once all the evidence has been provided to Zimmerman’s defense team, his lawyer can file a motion for immunity under Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense law. A judge must hold an evidentiary hearing and decide by a “preponderance of the evidence” whether Zimmerman was acting in self-defense.