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on the broadcast tonight, murder charges against the man who shot and killed trayvon martin. tonight, he's in custody in florida. we'll have reaction to the prosecutor's decision. >> defiance. a report north korea may fire off the rocket as early as student, and we're there. >> the revelation, if you have ever wonred what was going on in that famous photo, tonight, hillary clinton reveals the truth of that night. and taking a stand. ashley judd, her first tell vision interview fighting back against rumors and insults about the way she looks in a society she says is out of whack. "nightly news" begins now.
good evening. tonight, george zimmerman, the armed neighborhood watch volunteer who shot an unarmed teenager named trayvon martin after a scuffle, has been charged with murder in the second degree. he has been free, released by police in sanford, florida. he was not arrested until just late today. after weeks of protests and national attention, the case of trayvon martin has now entered a decidedly new face. our team is in place, and we begin our coverage of this still unfolding tonight with kerry sanders in florida. good evening. >> good evening. the special prosecutor has charged george zimmerman with second degree murder. george zimmerman, 28 years old, was taken into custody, according to the special prosecutor. he turned himself into the federal department of law enforcement. there was no issue in the fact that he was taken into custody. he is going to eventually be
brought here within the next 24 hours to sanford, to the seminole county court where he will be read the charges officially and also have his first appearance where he can ask for a bond to be released from jail. this is what angela corey had to say just a few minutes ago. >> today, we filed an information charging george zimmerman with murder in the second degree. a capias has been issued for his arrest. with the filing of that information and the issuance of the capeiest, he will have a right to appear in front of a magistrate in seminole county within 24 hours of his arrest and thus formal prosecution will begin. >> the special prosecutor says that if "stand your ground" becomes an issue, she will fight that vigorously. she would not give any details on if there were new facts that surfaced during her 20-day investigation. the authorities say that they
did a thorough investigation and that the shooting death of 17-year-old trayvon martin on that rainy night here back on february 26th, was not simply self defense, but rather a crime. brian. >> kerry sanders, starting off our coverage from sanford, florida, kerry, thanks. >> with us in the studio, our chief legal correspondent, savannah guthrie. savannah, you're the lawyer here, not me, but as i understand it, other than premeditated murler in the first degree, this is the toughest possible charge. you also said also tough to prove. >> tough to prosecute. these facts are ambiguous. one person who was a witness to this, trayvon martin, no longer with us. it's a he said, george zimmerman's account, versus perhaps the accounts of witnesses. but as far as we know, even some of the witness testimony is conflicting. this is going to be a fact-intensive prosecution. where there is ambiguity, in fact, our legal system sets it
up so the benefit of the doubt goes to the accused. and you have the florida stand your ground defense law, and this defendant will have an opportunity to go before a judge before there's a trial and argue that he was acting in self defense. if he can prove it by a preponderance of the evidence, a much lower standard, a judge could dismiss the case. >> how are you feeling if you're say, the former police chief in sanford, florida. he was walking around as late as lunch time this afternoon? >> it's an embarrassment for the police force because what they said is we can't arrest. george zimmerman said it's self defense and it's end of the story. now we have a special prosecutor who said these cases are hard, but we're going to fight it and get justice for trayvon martin. it's a black eye for the department, and also what was lost in the early hours, evidence that was not collected that might have the prosecutor at a disadvantage if she tries to bring the charges.
>> savannah, thank you, as always. we want to go to nbc's ron allen, also in sanford, florida, where who has covered the story for weeks himself with some reaction to the prosecution's decisions. ron, good evening. >> good evening, brian. we're still waiting to hear from trayvon martin's parents who are in washington, d.c. today, and they have been watching the proceedings of the special prosecutor on television. having spent a lot of time with them and their attorneys, i'm sure they're satisfied with the rest that they have been demanding for some 45 days. the case has consumed the whole town of sanford. many want td to go away, and now there's concern about how people will react and across the country as well. san fard calls itself the friendly city. proud of its historic downtown and tranquil waterfront, and uncomfortable with what some now see as their symbol as racial injustice.
weeks of protests have put the city on edge. outrage and a demand for justice that have erupted in cities across the nation, often fueled by social media. a feeling intesified by the airing of audio and video of what happened to george zimmerman who claimed self defense, and trayvon martin, that has hardened decisions on both sides. >> for the last 45 days, it has been a nightmare, and this is coming from a mother's perspective. i have been up and down as if i was on a roller coaster. but i know beyond a shadow of a doubt that justice will be served. >> here in sanford, a city that's about 47% white, about 30% blang, and 17% hispanic, today, religious leaders have been urging patient nls and calm. >> i believe there will be probable a few that will respond negatively no matter what is presented, but for the most part, i believe they'll be very
much in support. >> there's no way you can please everybody at the same time. but all of us should be aboutri. >> the filing of charges raises a lot of questions for the sanford police who accepted george zimmerman's claims of self defense. a press conference about to get under way where city officials will be asked some pointed questions about that. >> on behalf of all of the good people in sanford, florida, this might be a different discussion had today gone another way. >> indeed. i think, you know, there are people in the middle who are -- who want the truth to come out. i think more than anything, that's what people have been saying. they want to know what really happened. people are going oo be pleased there's an open process, a trial, where all of the fact can get out there, people can make up their own minds and feel a sense of closure when this is over. but of course, it's long road.
a federal investigation, and a lot of questions about how the local police have handled this. >> ron allensanford, florida. >> a program note here, nbc news will of course continue to cover the latest developments in the story, and trayvon martin's parjts will be in our nbc studios tomorrow morning on "today." the other big story we're watching tonight, north korea may fire off a rocket as early as tonight despite global pressure not to, and global attention because of it. our chief foreign correspondent ritual ingle remains on the ground tonight in pean young. >> earlier tonight, we were taken to see the main mission control room here in pponyang. 18 engineers in the screen. there were only about six television lines, and experts we
have been speaking to say there was a real risk that this satellite will never actually make it into orbit, and that the rocket could actually come crashing down, and that would be an enormous embarrassment for north korea because one of the main motivations for this rocket launch is to establish the credentials of the new leader here, kim jong un. he was appointed the most senior position in the communist party. >> richard engle, thanks. >> there was a big scare today in a part of the world where memories of the devastating '04 tsunami are still fresh. today's 8.6 earthquake struckhoff the coast of indonesia in mid-afternoon, touching off a panic in the streets of banda aceh. it was felt across the region, in india, thailand, singapore. two hours later, again, a powerful aftershock, further rattling nerves. tonight, tsunami warnings have been lifted, thankfully. it's relief, and it's enormous
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clinton was an annapolis last night. she talked in dramatic detail about what happened the night osama bin laden was hunted down and killed by the team of navy s.e.a.l.s. her reflections were prompted by a question by a mid-shipman who asked her what we wurb thinking at the time, what were you thinking as you watched it happen? andrea mitchell has more from secretary clinton. >> it is a white house photo that captures all of the drama of a command decision fraught with risk. in the situation room, it is high. what if they fail. >> it was an intense, stressful time. and i'm not sure anybody breathed for 35 or 37 minutes. for me, the worst part was when one of the helicopters, the tail got stuck, and it was not flyable. >> she thinks about jimmy
carter's failed iran hostage rescue in 1980. >> we got the word they thought they had killed bin laden, but think about what they had to do because it was imperative that we take the body. >> they need bin laden's dna to prove he was dead and had to get out before pakistan's military knew they were there. but first, the downed chopper had to be blown up. >> the s.e.a.l.s had to take the women and children out of the house to get them away from the site of where disabled helicopter was. all of this is happening, you know, the bodies going out, the women and children are coming in. the reserve helicopter is on its way, but it's not there yet. you know, there was a lot of breath holding. and then finally, you know, all of the helicopters were up and out and on their way to -- back to afghanistan. >> then, atz they walked to the east room for the president's address to the nation.
>> we heard these incredible cheers and shouts and all of these students from around the area had just spontaneously come to the gates of the white house. >> two years earlier, clinton caused a ruckus telling pakistan's government she couldn't believe none of them knew where bin laden was hiding. it turns out she was probably right. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. up next, what a card carrying member of congress said today that harkined back to another time, and not our proudest. when we got married. i had three kids. and she became the full time mother of three. it was soccer, and ballet, and cheerleading, and baseball. those years were crazy. so, as we go into this next phase, you know, a big part of it for us is that there isn't anything on the schedule.
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interviews for her new tv series that put her in the news. specifically, rumors she had work done when what she had was a round of steroids for a sinus infection that wouldn't go away after the flu. attacked on the web for having a puffy face, she took to the web in an essay in the "daily beast" and fought back. tonight in her first television interview since it beganl, she talked about what motivated her. >> i don't think that being a public figure makes it legitimate to criticize people the way they are currently criticized in this cultural climate. i got sick in february. i just did everything i could, including steroids, because we just could not get ahead of this infection. and i had a very early appearance on a monday morning and got up and went about my business, and the next think i knew, i was being slammed by
these extraordinary rumors. i started to catch the double bind where you know, my face looked puffy. she's had work. you know, and then look at the same image in a different interpretation by a separate set of people is, oh, come on. she doesn't even have any wrinkles at all. she's clearly had work. i look bad, i had work. i look too good, i had work. there was an incredibly nasty vitriolic and gloating tone about it. i think it's the objectification of girls and women and this hypersexualization of the society that creates the criticism. we're anesthetized by it, we're taught not to feel how badly it hurts. get back to the gimm, by another butt clenching dvd, when it's contributing to the pain. i want people to share their puffy face moment and talk about
being excoriated, being humiliated, being objectified, and ridiculed, and men as well. my husband and i wamp a lot of motor sport in our house, and the products that are marketed to men and the products boys are given to be masculine and sexy are so ridiculous. equally so. i think what happened to me is very common. it might look a little different in other people's lives because they may not be public figures, but we all go through it. >> and ashley judd will say even more on this topic. we will air that tonight on "rock center" at 9:00 p.m., 8:00 central. we hope you can join us for that later this evening. for us, for now, that's our broadcast on a wednesday night. thank you for being here with us. i'm brian williams. we, of course, hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. good night.