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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Angela Corey announced Wednesday that her office will charge George Zimmerman with murder in the second-degree in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Now George Zimmerman is mounting a defense, and the "Stand Your Ground" statute will likely be part of it.

"It's the law of the State of Florida, and it will be applied," said Corey.

The "Stand Your Ground" statute has been in the national spotlight since George Zimmerman admitted to shooting Trayvon Martin two and a half months ago, but now that he's been charged with second-degree murder, will he use it as his defense?

"Justifiable use of deadly force, as we all knew it before stand your ground was issued, was still a tough affirmative defense to overcome, but we still fight these cases hard. I'm not going to comment on the specific law at this time," she said.

Zimmerman's new attorney, Mark O'Mara, acknowledged "Stand Your Ground" has some problems.

"That statute has some troublesome spots, for sure, and I think we are now going to have some conversations as a state," said O'Mara.

People all over the country have already weighed in on the law.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke up Wednesday.

"The laws are not the kind of laws that civilized society should have and the NRA should be ashamed of themselve. This is nothing to do with gun owners rights. It has nothing to do with the Second Amendment. Plain and simple, this is just trying to get people a license to murder," said Bloomberg.  

Still, O'Mara said the statute will likely play a part in George Zimmerman's defense.

"There's a groundswell of emotion on both sides of the issue, the statute and whether or not it's appropriate," he said.

Zimmerman will have his first court appearance Thursday afternoon in Seminole County.

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