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Zimmerman arrested, charged with second-degree murder (VIDEO)

George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin, is in police custody and has been charged with second-degree murder.

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In this handout provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Office, George Zimmerman poses for a mug shot in this 2005 booking photo in Florida. At the time Zimmerman was arrested and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest by the Florida Department of Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco, charges that were eventually dropped. On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes in the city of Sanford, Florida. (Handout/AFP/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder and arrested, the Associated Press reported Wednesday

A law enforcement official told the AP that Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old black teen Trayvon Martin, is currently in custody in Florida.

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Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, has claimed that he shot the 17 year old in self-defense after the two fought on Feb. 26. The case has sparked nation-wide protests and calls for Zimmerman's arrest.

Martin's parents spoke to the AP Wednesday, saying that the arrest of their son's killer would "start a process of healing." 

See our complete Trayvon Martin case coverage.

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