Sanford, Fla. - Chris Serino, the lead homicide detective with the Sanford Police Department, wanted George Zimmerman arrested and charged for killing Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the night of the tragic incident.
According to ABC News, Serino “expressed doubt” regarding Zimmerman's explanation regarding the shooting and his self-defense claim. Thus, the investigator wanted Zimmerman arrested and charged with manslaughter, but the office of the Florida State Attorney's Office disagreed, says the report.
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In addition, the Miami Herald said police applied to obtain a warrant for Zimmerman's arrest, describing Trayvon's shooting as “homicide/negligent manslaughter.
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Serino told MSNBC he is encouraged that authorities are now taking a new look at the case and is “looking forward to the the truth coming out.”
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On the night of the shooting, Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, told police he had exited his truck to check the name of the street he was on when the teen took him by surprise and jumped him from behind. He claimed to have shot at Trayvon because he feared for his life.
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According to reports, Trayvon – who was staying at his father's girlfriend's house in the area – had gone to a local convenience store to buy candy for his younger brother and was simply walking back to the home when Zimmerman, 28, spotted him.
Eight 911 calls regarding the shooting were released Mar. 16, the first made by Zimmerman, who said the 17-year-old looked suspicious as he walked through the gated community. He told the dispatcher that Trayvon was running and was clearly instructed not to follow the young man.
He did so anyway and fatally wounded Trayvon in the chest with one shot.
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Special prosecutor Angela Corey has been appointed by Florida officials to head a task force that will be investigating Trayvon's killing.