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jerk whenever i wanted to, it's a very hum grinning experience. it was so military, but -- humbling experience. it was so military, but at the same time it was so personal. it was the best of both worlds. >> he's my pal. he was my friend, you know. he was like an older brother and he's finally back home. >> reporter: at arlington national cemetery, beth parker, fox 5 news. >> thanks so much for joining us tonight at 10:00. here's brian now with the news edge at 11:00. take a look. that's the new mugshot of george zimmerman. police took it tonight hours after prosecutors announced the florida neighborhood watch captain faces a second degree murder charge for shooting trayvon martin, an unarmed teenager. zimmerman sit in jail now facing charges that could put him away for life in prison. prosecutors say they are not bowing to public pressure or the national uproar that has surrounded the case for weeks.
>> well, it didn't take long. we have many complicated homicides that are thoroughly investigated. remember the prosecutor's burden under our constitution is proof beyond a reasonable doubt. >> he's concerned about getting a fair trial and a fair presentation. there has obviously been a lot of information flowing. i think a lot of it's been both premature and maybe inappropriate. propriate. >> new tonight on the news edge at 11:00 one of george zimmerman's closest friends is reacting to news of the arrest, plus we're hearing from many others with a lot to say about the decision to prosecute. fox 5's will thomas continues our coverage. >> george zimmerman's friend tells me he's not trying to defend the shooting of trayvon martin. wasn't there that night, so he can't, but anthony woodson believes he knows zimmerman about as well as anyone can and offs some insight. >> i do believe -- and offers some insight. >> i do believe that the charge is a result for some of the public pressure and i believe that when you're in a situation
like that, sometimes you have to do to appease the public because i believe had nothing ever happened, it might be riots right now. >> reporter: he considers himself one of george zipper man's closest friends. anthony woodson -- zimmerman's closest friends. anthony woodson lives in northern virginia and says he speaks with zimmerman often. >> it was something he said he didn't want to do but had he to do because he was in a situation to where he was in fear for his life. >> reporter: we were with woodson as the special prosecutor made the announcement. >> murder in the second degree. >> reporter: woodson is clear, he's not taking sides in the legal matter, but he is certain his friend is not a racist. why are you so confident he's not a racist? >> because he's a personal friend. when i was going through a hard time, george begged me to come to florida to live with him. >> reporter: the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager has no doubt ignited nationwide protests and now strong opinions about the decision to prosecute zimmerman. >> i think that zimmerman's
arrest is just a big step because i know a lot of people didn't think that anything was going to come of this. they thought it was going to be swept under the rug. >> everybody needs to step back or wait for all the facts to be looked at and examined, all the evidence, before judging his past. >> from listening to the tapes it just seemed to me that there was a racist quality to it and, you know, but he's going to be tried in a court of law, so we'll see how that works out. >> i don't like to wish bad things upon people, but i think it's the appropriate charge and justice was brought. >> reporter: this young man understands we all have to wait and see how justice plays out and whether racist behavior played a role in trayvon martin's death, but he knows how it feels to be singled out because of the color of his skin. >> it makes you feel like an outcast. it makes you feel kind of like at the moment it makes me feel pad about myself like i'm wrong for -- bad about myself like i'm wrong for being black. it's the way i was born. i can't help it. >> under a second degree murder charge the jury must find the
death was caused by a criminal act without regard for human life. the max sentence is high of in prison. the minimum is 25 years. >> trayvon martin's parents were in d.c. today as guests of reverend al sharpton and national action network conference. fox 5's karen gray houston has that part of the story. >> it has been 45 days since their 17-year-old son trayvon was shot. the parents have been on a nonstop campaign to get some kind of justice in this case. they seemed quietly relieved today. they thanked supporters but indicated that their battle is not over yet. trayvon martin's mother never gave up hope. tonight she told the crowd gathered at the convention center they wanted an arrest, nothing more, nothing less. there were thank you's all around from martin's father and the family lawyer to all their supporters around the country who rallied to keep the spotlight on the case, but they were obviously pleased that george zimmerman is finally in custody.
they made calls for restraint in america reactions and washingtonians who were not there for the action network's conference were just thrilled to show their support. >> i just want to speak from my heart to your heart because a heart has no color. it's not black. it's not white. it's red. and i want to thank you from my heart to your heart. >> when your child is murdered under such circumstances and some people saying let it go, my son was murdered 10 years ago, i haven't let it go yet. so how can you expect them to let it go? >> that was kenny barnes, the reverend sharpton praised florida's governor and the special prosecutor for the arrest of george zimmerman, but he also said he did not think they would have given the case a second look if it hadn't of been from the pressure of all the protests and all those rallies. >> our coverage of this story continues on www.myfoxdc.com. you'll find the latest yon dates, picture, video, complete -- updates, pictures, video,
complete overview. tonight a d.c. police officer accused of witnessing a murder and lying about it apparently pleaded guilty today in d.c. superior court but what happened in the courtroom is under seal. police officer mcclam is farring charges of obstruction and -- is facing charges of obstruction and neglect to make an arrest. fox 5's paul wagner with the story. >> reporter: she tried to hide her face as she was wheeled out of the basement of d.c. headquarters late this afternoon. the veteran officer on administrative leave with pay was released under conditions set by the judge. law enforcement sources say anatonia mcclam is in a wheelchair after suffering serious injuries from a car accident. this document called an information was filed in the space spelling out the charges against her. it typically signals an agreement by the defendant to plead guilty. last summer police say mcclam was on the porch of this home
with her boyfriend ricard on i mitchell when mitchell retrieved a gun -- ricardo mitchell when mitchell retrieved a gun and shot wyatt robinson who was down the street. wyatt's family was not allowed in the courtroom and didn't know he was able to plead guilty until a reporter told them. >> an obstruction of justice is not what we're looking for. if anybody else was in her situation they wouldn't get obstruction and i think she should be held to a higher standard being that she knows the law and she was at this scene to prevent something tragic like this to happen to my brother. >> reporter: mitchell was recorded by a surveillance camera leaving the house with a pistol in his hand. the document says the camera recorded him in a firing stand shooting at robinson. in the document mcclam is listed as witness 2 and says she initially lied about witnessing the murder. during an october hearing prosecutors say robinson did nothing to provoke the attack.
robinson's family believes the officer was in a position to some the murder and did not. >> that's the only thing we feel. that's how we feel discomfort because they're not holding her to a higher standard being that she is the law and had the opportunity to stop it and to catch the perpetrator once the crime was committed and she did nothing. >> reporter: iwhen she's due back in court. the man she's accused of protecting ricardo mitchell is due in court next week facing a first degree murder charge while armed. until the charge was filed in court late last month anatonia mcclam's name was never made public. at the time of the murder she was working in the second police district in northwest. a man who spoke with fox 5 on camera this morning now under arrest for the beatings of two women in alexandria last night. that's 23-year-old james click. he told us he manages the vacant building where the women were attacked. police questioned him last night and charged him today.
the women say they were lured for an ad of a three-bedroom apartment at $250 a month, but click told her melanie alnwick he was not involved in the beatings. >> reporter: are you wear that you match the suspect's description? >> i've been told, yes. >> reporter: did the police tell you that? >> it will all be sorted out eventually. >> reporter: did you have anything to do with what happened in here last night? >> no. >> police say they found evidence someone had been living in that vacant be. they have not said if they believe it was click -- vacant building. they have not said if they believe it was click. now laura evans everywhere at 11:00. >> the navy has removed an engine and another piece of the jet from the complex after taking off from naval air station oceana. city officials say the plan is in the work to allow residents of mayfair mews to return to their homes, but it's unclear
when. police arrested this man in the home invasion of an 82-year- old woman. the charges against him include abduction and burglary. it was back in february on russell road in fairfax county witnesses say the masked man smashed a back window, the woman in bed at the time. the suspect grabbed her keys and stole her car. parole denied today for mass murderer charles manson, his 12th and possibly final bid for freedom. manson is 77 years old now. he orchestrated a series of gruesome murders on consecutive nights in los angeles 40 years ago. the parole board ruled he has shown no efforts to rehabilitate himself. a suspected purse snatcher is behind bars tonight because he picked the wrong we'll to mess with. annapolis police say egan e brian grabbed the purse on an outdoor -- o'brien grabbed the purse from pan outdoor cafe and the owner chased after him -- an outdoor cafe and the owner
chased after him. she caught him and took him down by his collar. we spoke with her on the phone tonight. >> once i saw him and knew that he was still going after i called after him and was though down my stump, i was like there's no way. i'm going to -- stuff, i was like there's no way. i'm going to catch up to you. i'm pretty fast. >> o'brien returned the cash and asked her not to call police. witnesses helped hold o'brien until police showed up. up next the feds taking a closer look at the food in your kitchen, what inspectors want to limit. >> plus for the first time we're hearing a 911 call made moments after whitney houston's body was found. >> we'll check in with sue in a minute. first check out some of the stories on the rundown. we'll be back. >> this is fox 5 news edge at 11:00. [ male announcer ] a car is either luxury or it isn't.
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see your lexus dealer. getting our first listen to a 911 call made the night whitney houston died. a security worker from the beverly hilton hotel made after whitney houston's lifeless body was found in the room in february. since people in the room repeatedly hung up on hotel personnel moments after discovering her in a bathtub, but he doesn't identify houston by name. >> i'm not sure if she fell or was in the bathtub with the water. apparently she's not breathing. >> she's not breathing? she's breathing now?
>> no. the person that called was irate and couldn't get much out of here. >> coroner officials ruled houston's death an accidental drowning with heart disease and cocaine listed as contributing factors. beverly hills police have closed the investigation. after rose saying thanks but no thanks, the guns 'n roses front man is not only refusing to attend this weekend's hall of fame induction ceremony, he doesn't even want to be inducted. they disbanded amid bitter feelings in the '90s. rose told the hall he's respectfully declining his induction. a consumer alert concerning the quality of your food. shawn yancy with that and more in your fox 5 top five. >> we're starting off with a medical break-through that could help you heal faster. no. 5, this hi-tech bandage is also called pico, i bandage attached to a small battery -- a bandage attached to a small battery poured pump that keeps blood
flowing and speeds healing. no. 4, tuition could be going up for students at the university of virginia. a 4% hike is proposed. it would raise in-state fees to $25,400 the out of state students' rate would be nearly double that. state funding cuts are blamed by officials. no. 3, the fda wants drug companies to help limit the use of antibiotics in farm animals. the reason? antibiotics are routinely mixed with animal feed and water with livestock to help put on weight and stay healthy, but scientists warn that could lead to the growth of antibiotic resistant germs that can be passed on to humans. no. 2, if you see a street light out in a d.c. neighborhood, there's an app for that. the district introduced its brand-new d.c. 311 smartphone app. the free download lets you report everything from potholes to walk damage and graffiti. no. 2 tonight, riding a cab in d.c. will cost you more starting april 21st. the per mile rate jumps from
$1.50 a mile to 2.16 and the wait time jumps from $10 an sure. that extra passenger fee will be history now. there's a little good news. that's a look at tonight's fox 5 top five. >> maybe we can get a -- i guess we turned down the fan, right? it wasn't quite as windy. >> it's still a little breezy. >> the temperature got turned down. why don't we keep the wind down and turn up the temperature. >> and get rid of some of that wet snow, too. a lot of people saw snow or little pellets of snow called grapple earlier as these showers popped up. tonight it's about the chill in the air. it's going to be chilly in the morning. this is what happens when you're under a cold pool, this big whirlpool of the storm in the upper levels of the atmosphere, only 56 degrees today, 53 rochester and boston, raleigh 56, but this pattern is getting ready to shift away.
we'll still catch a little bit of it tomorrow. so temperature only near 60, but i want you to see what's on the map. here's the warm stuff, dallas back up to 82, new orleans 86 degrees and while it will take a couple more days before that gets in here we will be in near 80 degrees by sunday and probably monday next week. here's what's going to change it. the jet stream today still taking a dip over our area, so we have a chilly pocket in place. it begins to transition tomorrow but will still be on the cool side. all that warmth i just showed you bubbling up in the southern plains will be on the move as we head into the weekend. we will be warming up, temperatures into the 70s and 80s. so it's a warm weekend we're anticipating, not quite as hot as they'll get in the deep south, but definitely a big 25- degree jump from where temperatures were today. so if this is a little too chilly, you don't have to wait much longer. it will be cold tonight. now i see culpeper down to 36 degrees, martinsburg 37,
hagerstown 39. temperature in d.c. 46. you will need that jacket tomorrow morning and you know what? that breeze is back a bit tomorrow. it's still a bit more cold air coming across the mountain later tonight. we have a freeze warning for the areas west of the blue ridge. we are seeing winds try to relax. it will stay a bit breezy and the winds try to build back in during the day tomorrow as high pressure returns to the area. so a tight pressure gradient. we aren't worried about frost locally, but the freeze 1 again is in effect tonight for the shenandoah valley. so a frosty cold start for you guys, near 40 in the district, mid-30s for the suburbs, most definitely a cold one, but hang in there. nats home opener, good weather at 60 degrees, even if it's breezy and then the warm stuff into the weekend and even for monday with a temperature of 80. we already told you it's nats home opener, but they were playing today, too. so dave feldman has more right
now. >> this is the verizon 4g lte sports desk with dave feldman. >> good evening. thanks for the franchise, sue palka, drew storen underwent surgery on his right elbow today. meanwhile this afternoon stephen strasburg took the mound for a second start of the year looking for his first win in the series finale against the mets. bottom of the 1st strasburg has runners on second and third, one out, gets ike davis. oh, he was look and a terrific breaking ball. strasburg gets out of the inning without surrendering a run. top of the 2nd, no score, nats with the bases loaded and two outs, johan santana, a wild pitch, mark de la rosa scores from third. bottom of the 5th, 1-0, strasburg gets ruben tejada looking, one of nine strikeouts. career high 108 pitches for strasburg. top of the 9th, a walk is drawn. ryan zimmerman come on in.
nats score four runs on plays with the ball never leaving the infield and shut out the mets 4- 0 and improve to 4-2. here's stephen strasburg on his 100 plus pitch performance. >> it's not like i've never thrown over 100 pitches in my life. it's just something that early on in my first year they wanted to limit the number of innings i was throwing in the minors. looking back then there's some games where i'd go five innings and there was 65 pitches. it's going to help me in the long run and especially just learning how to battle through it because it's tough really and the good pitchers out there know how to find a way to get it done and get back on track. >> just get it done. orioles looking to avoid a three-game sweep of the yanks. top of the 4th, a 3-2 pitch with two outs. nick swisher drews it to deep right field, a two-run home run. orioles fall to the yanks. both teams are now 3-3.
including both boston meetings. march 29th brooks laich sealed the deal with a game winner in a shootout. today a final practice at kettler before the team departed for boston. goalie braden hopi will make his first career playoff start and there is a difference of opinion if the regular season success of the caps will spill over into the post season. >> we've played well, so that's such a good sign. any time you go in a building you've ever won, it's a tough time. we had some good games in there, good feelings come out of there. so i think that's a good time for us. >> it might feel like a light pat on the back for us that we played them well throughout the regular season, but it doesn't matter. they're a different team come playoffs and hopefully we are as well. nhl playoffs, flyers on the road 12 behind the pens. late 3rd now 3-2. scott hartnell's pass deflected for the goal. tied the game 3-3 and forced overtime. less than three minutes into the o.t. the flyers' pass trickles in
front to jacob vorchec. flyers defeat the pens 4-3 in overtime. playoff hockey is very good. i'm dave feldman. brian is back with more right after this. >> the verizon 4g lte sports direct brought to you by -- sports desk brought to you by verizon 4g lte. and the screen is easier to read in sunlight ! the universe is practically telling me to get a smartphone. it's like, "lisa, it'd be super cool if you got a smartphone. also, i like your outfit." thanks universe, let's get me a lucid. come in and say hello to your new, easy to use smartphone. the lucid by lg for only $79.99. verizon.
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