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>> from all of us here, thanks for watching. we appreciate your time. see you at 6:00. breaking news in the trayvon martin case. george zimmerman charged with second-degree murder. amid word that he is already in custody and under arrest. moment of crisis, the world watches as north korea readies a long-range rocket for launch. abc news investigation, criminals targeting consumers who buy their prescription drugs online. >> we are going to bring you in custody with criminal charges. casting call, move over, young girls. older women are now the hottest new models around. good evening. we begin with the breaking news in the trayvon martin case. after 45 days of argument and
rising tensions in america, the prosecutor has announced that george zimmerman will be charged with second-degree murder, a charge that could put him behind bars for life. his crime, shooting an unarmed, 17-year-old while zimmerman was patrolling the neighborhood. let's go straight to abc's matt gutman who is in sanford, florida, where everyone is waiting and watching. >> reporter: with tremendous anticipation, it was a stunning turn of events. just six weeks ago, george zimmerman was arrested, but the prosecutor didn't think he had enough for conviction, tonight he's in jail, facing possibly life in prison. >> reporter: six weeks of soaring tensions, cries for justice and anticipation crystallized into this. >> today we filed an information, charging george zimmerman with murder in the second degree. a capias has been issued for his arrest. >> reporter: special prosecutor
angela corey announcing her decision before a crowd of reporters, as a nation watched. >> mr. zimmerman is, indeed, in custody. >> can you tell us where? >> i will not tell you where. that's for his safety as well as everyone else's. mr. zimmerman turned himself in, and by turning himself in, was arrested on the capias that had already been issued. >> reporter: zimmerman claims he shot trayvon martin in self-defense. >> we don't discuss the evidence in a case. it would be improper to do so. r. watching from washington, trayvon martin's parents. >> i can confirm mr. zimmerman is, indeed, in custody. >> thank god. [ applause ] >> we simply wanted an arrest. we wanted nothing more, nothing less. we just wanted an arrest. >> reporter: yesterday zimmerman's two attorneys quit, >> he's not returning my messages, e-mails, or calls. >> reporter: in hiding, and alone, his attorneys say he may
have come unhinged. but zimmerman's friend disputes that. he said he spoke to zimmerman on monday. >> at no point did he sound depressed or in need of psychiatric treatment. >> reporter: he said zimmerman is preparing to face justice. we learned zimmerman has a new attorney, mark o'marra. after 45 days on the run, in hiding, most of them alone, tonight george zimmerman will spend the night with many other people in a county jail. >> all right, matt, thank you. i want to bring in dan abrams. second-degree murder, and we're talking not about premeditation, but nonetheless, intent to kill under the law? >> that's right. there are two requirements, that it had to be imminently dangerous, and that he was in a depraved mind. the lesser charge would have been manslaughter. in that case, the prosecution wouldn't have had to prove those
two things they mentioned. it would have been easier. the burden would have been lower. in this case, the prosecution going for the maximum possible charge without a grand jury. >> what does "depraved mind" mean in this situation? >> and jurors will probably ask a similar question when the judge instructs that. it's basically showing the intent, what is going on in his mind. meaning, if they had not charged the second-degree murder, they could simply say, there was a fight, there was a battle, somebody died. here, they are going to have to show something more with regard to what was going on in george zimmerman's mind when he shot trayvon martin. >> after 45 days of publicity and headline-making news, can he get a fair trial? >> they will be able to find a jury of people who maybe know something about the case. you don't have to find jurors who know nothing about it. you have to find jurors who are open-minded enough to be able to evaluate the evidence. we've seen that in high profile case after high profile case. occasionally a change of venue,
but you almost always find a jury of people who can evaluate the evidence fairly. >> as you listen to the special prosecutor, did you think she has a lot of new evidence, something we have no idea exists? >> no. i think she just compiled the evidence, listened to all the audio tapes, the witnesses, and came to this conclusion. but i don't think there will be a lot of new evidence. again, there wasn't that much that we didn't know. we heard the 911 tapes. we've heard from the witnesses. i think she's put it together and drawn this conclusion. >> george zimmerman is in jail tonight, the charge has been brought, and the next chapter in this begins. we turn now to politics, your voice your vote, and today a round between mitt romney and barack obama. the president appeared in a picture surrounded by secretaries who pay a higher tax rate than their millionaire bosses who were there by their
sides, a direct challenge to romney, his wealth and his tax rate. david muir is on the story. >> reporter: president obama and challenger, mitt romney. the president today surrounded by multimillionaires, which agree with him. it brings up warren buffett, asking what buffett has long been asking. why does he pay a much lower tax rate than his own secretary? >> the executives who are with me here today, agree with me. they agree with warren, this should be fixed. >> reporter: the president argues if you make more than a million dollars, you should pay the same tax rate as the middle class. one of those millionaires standing behind him stood outside with us today with his office manager. he makes 39 times what she makes. their tax rate, not even close. >> i pay 26.4%, she pays 33.4%. >> reporter: we wondered how much she would save with his tax rate? >> $9,300 back to kelly.
>> i was shocked. and a little dismayed. but with little chance the buffett rule will pass congress, many saw it as a political stunt. just look at the newest video from the obama campaign. >> corporations are people, my friend. >> reporter: mitt romney is fighting back tonight, acknowledging himself that this general election has begun. >> this argument seems to be working for them. the painting of you as a rich, out-of-touch guy. >> the person i'm out-of-touch with is barack obama. i'm in touch with the american people. they want to see good jobs and rising incomes. >> reporter: a week ago, president obama surrounded by women leaders at the white house. look at today. it was mitt romney and women on the campaign trail, small business owners. while the president was pushing the buffett rule, it was mitt romney pushing this number. aimed squarely at women. >> 92% of the people who have lost jobs have been women. his failures have hurt women.
>> reporter: a group is saying that number is mostly false, arguing the president can't be held responsible for the job picture the day he took office, but team romney fighting back hard. they sent me a copy of this letter, saying, no matter how you slice it, the majority of jobs lost have been from women. you'll hear this in the weeks and months to come because they have to close the gap. >> as president obama counters with his calculator. >> team obama has a calculator up tonight saying you can see how your tax rate stacks up against mitt romney's. >> check our website to do that too. now we turn to the other fast developing story at this hour. the whole world watching north korea for the sign that they are indeed launching a long-range rocket, what america calls a secret attempt to test a ballistic missile. shortly before we came on the air, word that the rocket is ready for lift-off and abc's bob woodruff is heading into north
korea for the fourth time. he is watching the story for us tonight. >> reporter: good evening, diane. we are in beijing, china -- on our way into north korea. u.s. officials tell abc news they believe we are 24 to 48 hours away from the first possible window for north korea to launch that 90-ton rocket, which they claim is simply to send a weather satellite into orbit. but which u.s. officials believe is a cover for a ballistic missile test, trying out technology that could ultimately deliver a warhead to america's western doorstep. as you know from traveling here, north korea is a close said -- closed-off country from the outside world. but they also like to show off their military might, which is why we've been invited to witness the launch. u.s. officials expect a long trajectory heading south, crossing over the philippines and splashing down in waters not far from australia. traveling at least 1,600 miles. nations in that zone say they are ready to shoot it down if it
strays over land. now that the rocket has been fueled, experts believe they will launch as soon as possible, possibly as people are waking up here in the region. >> bob woodruff reporting in from his fourth trip to north korea. as we started our day here, hundreds of thousands of people half a world away were running for their lives as two massive earthquakes, 8.6 and 8.2, rocked indonesia. 270 miles off the coast of sumatra. people holding on to each other, anxiously as 28 countries and three continents were placed on alert for a tsunami that did not come. the day's earthquake hit the same area where a quake hit eight years ago, costing 170,000 people their lives. for the first time, we are hearing new details about the
day osama bin laden was killed by navy seals. secretary of state hillary clinton gave the most vivid account yet of the story behind the famous picture right here and those white-knuckle moments inside the situation room. president obama and the team on the edge of their seat as dispatches from the navy seal team poured in. >> we were able to have some communication, so we were in realtime aware of what was happening. i'm not sure anybody breathed for, you know, 35 or 37 minutes. >> secretary clinton said they left the room and were greeted by a roar, students erupting in cheers as they heard the news that osama bin laden was dead. in healthy living tonight, we have news of an extraordinary human experiment. volunteers agreed to have their sleep interrupted and disrupted in exactly the ways we all experience regularly.
the result, tonight we have the first real evidence of what sleep disruption does to your body and your health. abc's dr. richard besser tells us. >> reporter: it was a kind of sleep-deprived boot camp. researchers at the brigham and women's hospital locked 21 volunteers into a sleep lab for six weeks. no windows. changing just one thing in their daily routine, their sleep. instead of the recommended eight hours of sleep a night, they were woken up after five and a half hours. then, each night they were made to go to bed four hours later than the night before, say, one night at midnight, and the next at 4:00 a.m., shattering their normal sleep cycles. when the experiment was over, besides being dead tired, there were actually changes happening inside their bodies. their metabolism, their bodies ability to burn off calories, had dropped. it's estimated if they kept this
disrupted sleep up for a year, they'd gain an extra 12 pounds. they'd be well on their way to developing diabetes, their blood sugar levels had spiked, the insulin levels had fallen. >> not getting enough sleep is a big deal. >> more than just feeling tired and not being able to concentrate the next day. now we're seeing more evidence that it can affect your health long-term. >> you can't cheat sleep without it affecting your health. as hard as it is, as busy as our lives are, here's my advice. try to go bed the same time every night. try to get the hours in. if you can do that, it will make a difference. if you have to work a shift, keep the same shift as long as you can. >> consistency really matters for the human body. >> that's what the study really shows. coming up, criminals targeting americans who buy sleeping aids and diet pills online. >> we're sending out a search
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