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State Attorney Angela Corey defends 2nd-degree murder charges

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Prosecutors are speaking out about the "not guilty" verdict in the George Zimmerman case. Even though they don't agree with it, they respect the jury and their decision.

In her Duval County offices, State Attorney Angela Corey on Monday defended her reasons for filing second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman, saying there was plenty of evidence to support it.

"We felt like second-degree murder was an appropriate charge, and still had manslaughter as a lesser included."

She believes someone in the jury agreed with her.

"We felt like one person was requesting the information on manslaughter and pushing for manslaughter, but that's just the way I felt."

Corey also addressed the firing of former Director of Information Technology Ben Kruidbos who was terminated after testifying about concerns that prosecutors didn't turn over photos and text messages from Trayvon Martin's cellphone to the Zimmerman defense team.

"Ben was my friend and a very trusted IT director.  How could he accuse me of withholding something I didn't know he had? He knows I would never withhold anything in a criminal case.  Ben was misled, I believe.  He was still wrong and still had to be fired."

Kruidbos received a termination letter Thursday accusing him of misconduct and "violating numerous state attorney's office policies and procedures."   It accused him of disclosure of confidential information, sabotage of property or equipment, and misuse of state attorney equipment.

Corey would not comment on whether federal criminal civil rights charges are warranted in the Zimmerman case, because she is not a civil rights attorney.  She said that she never called Zimmerman a racist.  She advises people not to threaten him, because it's against the law.

"Justice was served in the sense that George Zimmerman had his due process and day in court, and we represented Trayvon Martin and gave him his day in court. We have to accept the jury's verdict."

On a lighter note, we asked Corey about prosecutor John Guy's new found popularity with women,  earning him the name "McDreamy."

"He is an excellent lawyer, and I don't want anyone to overlook that fact by focusing on how handsome he is.  All three of my lawyers are amazingly talented, and for people wanting to denigrate their talent, it makes my claws want to come out.  How dare they?"

Cory said she has been in touch with Trayvon Martin's parents.  She said they chose not to be in the courtroom when the verdict was read, because it was just "too emotional" for them.

"We just appreciate their faith in us and how hard we worked for justice for Trayvon."

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