Special prosecutor will not use grand jury in Trayvon Martin investigation
April 9th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

Special prosecutor will not use grand jury in Trayvon Martin investigation

[Updated at 12:11 p.m. ET] State Attorney Angela Corey, appointed as a special prosecutor in the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has decided against sending the case to a grand jury, her office said Monday.

"The decision should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case," Corey's office said in a statement.

The grand jury, set to convene on Tuesday, was previously scheduled by the former prosecutor.

Corey previously said she has not used grand jury's in cases like this and added that from the time she was appointed she said she may not need a grand jury.

The decision about whether or not to charge George Zimmerman in the case now rests with prosecutors.

"At this time, the investigation continues and there will be no further comment from this office," in the statement.

The decision means that the timetable for any possible charges remains up in the air.

"We had hoped she had enough evidence without the need to convene a grand jury,” Ben Crump, the attorney for the Martin family said about Corey. “The family is trying to have patience and faith through all of this."

Crump said they are hoping for charges and an arrest as soon as possible.

"We know we want that day to come,” Crump said. “We want a very public trial so the evidence can come out and show people that the justice system works for everybody."

Crump added that he believed the evidence that has come out has “made it clear” that charges should be filed, without the need of a grand jury.

George Zimmerman's new attorney, Hal Uhrig, told CNN that he was "not surprised" by the announcement.

Uhrig said he doesn't know what her ultimate decision will be but that the move to go without a grand jury is a "courageous move on her part."

Martin ventured out from his father's fiancee's home in Sanford to get a snack at a nearby convenience store. As he walked home with a bag of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea, he was shot and killed by Zimmerman.

Sanford police questioned Zimmerman and released him without charges.

From there, the case has evolved into opposing allegations from Zimmerman's supporters, Martin's family and authorities.

Zimmerman says he killed Martin in self-defense after the teen punched him and slammed his head on the sidewalk, according to an Orlando Sentinel report that was later confirmed by Sanford police.

The case  has triggered a nationwide debate about Florida's "stand your ground" law - which allows people to use deadly force anywhere they feel a reasonable threat of death or serious injury - and race in America.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 10, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Another case that will be tried in the media. Another way to polarize the population and shift the focus of the real problems that the nation is facing.

      April 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Candy

    If the shooter was a black killing a white – how much media coverage do you think we would see.? VERY LITTLE.I am getting so tired of this. The shooter is not considered a white man but you would think that he just killed God while trying to protect himself. What if Trayvon was the person burglarizing the houses? Finger prints don't lie.

    April 10, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Fee

      But he wasn't a burglar Candy...Uh, Chuck, how are you punched with no bruises? Why, when asked by the 911 dispatcher if he was following the kid and he said yes and was told to stop and continued, that was okay. This country is so filled with hate that they blame a kid that was followed by some man for his death. Women are grabbed each day...why they are stalked...but a kid gets the same and by his color it is his fault. This county has a long way to go...He had drugs...well, I live in a very wealthy area...LOTS of whites have drugs...their parents. Steal alcohol...go to rehab. Should they die? No...no child should. No matter what color.

      April 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jungle Mentality

    Trayvon was a wild animal. Possibly on PCP at the time of the shooting.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. SMILEandWave

    Justice is the truth of the case. Never what the people "THOUGHT" was the truth. Why should we treat this case any different? The media needs to be shutdown...... America was better without CNN spreading all of its horrible stories, Pre-Judgements, and lying to the public. No wonder all the other countries hate us haha Our media is against us also.

    April 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gee

    Please, please. "Jury's"? Are you serious? That's a horrific use of plurals. It should be 'jurys'. I mean, it's not as bad as the Trayo-Zimmerman ordeal, but you're killing off grammar there.

    April 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chuck

    IF THE POLICE SAID IT SELF DEFENCE, AND THEY LET GEORGE GO WHAT THE BIG DEAL, OH,I FOR GOT HE SHOT A BLACK BOY, IT DOESNT MATHER THAT GEORGE WAS PUNCH IN THE NOSE AND KICKED? BUT I BET THAT GEORGE WILL GET THE CHAIR, THE LOWERS HAD TO DROP OUT,WHY THEY GO OUT OF BUSINESS.

    CHUCK

    April 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
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