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. Chrystal

    Race isn't the issue for me in this case, the fact is that Zimmerman was told specifically to stop following Mr. Martin, yet he continued to do so. Had Trayvon really attacked him first he would be right to do so as some huge stranger was following him, at night. What are we taught as kids when approached by a stranger? Run and fight back to defend yourself. Trayvon was not armed and was murdered in cold blood, Zimmerman needs to be charged and justice must be served. Had Trayvon wrestled the gun away from Zimmerman and shot him, would he be free?

    April 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrish

      I agree. I have no sympathy for Zimmerman.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Chrystal...How do you know he continued to follow him? You don't know what happened at all, do you?

      April 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpenderH

      When Martin started running, Zimmerman started following on foot. It was obvious from the audio of the 911 call that Zimmerman tried to follow him on foot. There was wind noise on the mic of his phone, he was breathing hard, and he was whispering. Once the 911 operator said "We don't need you to do that", Zimmerman replied "ok", and within 20 seconds the wind noise stopped, his breathing returned to normal, and he stopped whispering. It was clear at this point that Zimmerman did not know where Martin had gone, and the sounds from the 911 call indicate he had stopped pursuing him. The media has been spreading a lie that he continued to pursue him after being told not to, but there is no indication that he did. Zimmerman says that Martin came back to him, and there is no evidence or testimony to the contrary. Anything you think you "know" is just a guess.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRan

      so true!

      April 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael B

      Completely agree. The vigilantism is far scarier than any other motive. Had his actions been clearly racially motivated (which perhaps they were) and not that of citizen watch, Zimmerman would have been arrested and charged already. It's frightening that there's no clear retribution for directly ignoring a dispatcher's orders over 911 calls when self-pursuing a 'criminal'

      April 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • rational

      If the defense can prove that martin returned to confront zimmerman (which he did) there will not be any charges.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Crawley

      @Chrystal

      What? Zimmerman was not TOLD specifically to not following. A dispatcher, who has no real authority advised him that "they" didn't need him to do that.

      Race isn't the issue? Answer one question. What is your ethnic background.

      JC

      April 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      ..but the thing is, he wasn't "specifically" told not to follow him. He was told that they didn't need him to follow him. Facts, facts, facts.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      So that gives the little thug the right to physically assault him?

      Most human beings (as opposed to jungle animals) are expected to either call police or go to a neighbor for help if there walking down the street and they think someone's stalking them.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harlon Katz

      You obviously did not READ the transcript. If you read / listen to the ENTIRE transcript, Zimmerman is on his way to meet the Police at the mailboxes for the community – HE IS NO LONGER FOLLOWING MARTIN. In addition, he was out of his truck BEFORE the 911 operator said that he did not HAVE to follow Martin – note, that is DIFFERENT than he MUST NOT FOLLOW Martin. The more that actually comes out, the more that Zimmerman's account of the incident seems to be the more truthful.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • dale

      You're right–Martin had a right to defend himself from a stranger chasing him!

      April 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • ScoobaSteve

      You are not required by law to follow directions from a 911 operator, so your point is invalid.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      Trayvon didn't run...he went after Zimmerman to stand his ground. Had he been respectful and simply answered Zimmerman's questions, would we be having this nationwide conversation...NO. One stupid plus another equals two stupids. Neither were right. Simply put, a tragedy, and preventable on BOTH ends.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      Charged with what? Exercising bad judgement?

      I do not see any clear evidence other than he exercised bad judgment and put himself in a bad situation. I would have to see the evidence to see if he should be charged with anything more.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      Chrystal:
      You got it right.
      Zimmerman's defense said he was attacked, so what? Why can't the 'Stand your ground law' apply to Trayvon. Here he is, walking home, and a bigger aggressive guy ran after him (those are 2 things we know for a fact, I'm not speculating), if Trayvon attacked his aggressor, why can't he stand his ground? It's either that, or Trayvon didn't even have time to fight back (the latter is the more difficult to prove.) In either case, I want people to understand that Zimmerman should not have been walking free. The 'Stand Your Ground law' should be available for Trayvon as well.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • thesetruths

      Crystal,
      We don't know if Zimmerman followed Mr. Martin after being told that he didn't need to do that. In fact, the record shows that Mr. Zimmerman acknowledged this and told the dispatcher "OK" Furthermore, the rest of the call notes that Zimmerman had lost sight of Mr. Martin and reflected Mr. Zimmerman trying to direct police to his location. Now, after Mr. Zimmerman hung up with 911, he may have well followed Mr. Martin, but we don't know that. You also describe Mr. Zimmerman as being "huge." He is 5'-9" and weighs around 200 lbs. In the booking video, he appears to be rather small. Mr. Martin, in contrast, was 3"-6" taller than Mr. Zimmerman.

      Look, I don't know if Mr. Zimmerman is guilty or not. I do know that both sides have used inflammatory language to try to booster one story. Instead, we should all be looking for the truth, without preconceived notions.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Chrystal, first of all, a police dispatcher has no authority to tell you anything. None. Secondly, where is the evidence that Zimmerman continued to follow Martin? As a matter of fact, where is your evidence of anything? There were three witnesses to this matter. Martin,Zimmerman and a third who tends to colloberate Zimmerman. So if you were the prosecution, tell me what your plan is to prosecute Zimmerman. What would you say to the jury? What law would you cite to send Zimmerman to jail? What evidence would y

      April 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Exactly right. All these people backing Zimmerman by screaming "self defense!!" seem to forget that Zimmerman was an armed, 29 year old, 190 pound man with a criminal record who was chasing down an unarmed, 17 year old, 150 pound kid who wasn't doing anything wrong. If anyone was acting in self defense, it was Trayvon Martin. You can't start a confrontation, shoot the person you picked a fight with, and then claim self defense. It doesn't work like that.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • marinedad05

      Exactly!

      What many don't realize is that just like Zimmerman's supporters (and the gun lobby) are clamoring for his right to 'self defense', where the heck is this young kid's RIGHT to his own self defense?

      In this 'pro-gun justice system', it often seems that the person who has been killed has absolutely no rights:

      He could have been shot by a murderer
      He could have been shot by some crazy loon, a racist, a bigot, or some trigger-happy nut

      But, at the end of the day, the guy holding the gun, seems to have all the rights to self defense, and the dead person has none.

      In Texas, one can claim 'self-defense' by just claiming 'I was scared for my life (or property), by shooting any passer by, a pizza delivery, or what have you.

      The past few years there have been several cases in Texas itself, where even juries have upheld the rights of some some nut or criminal for shooting innocent people. The juries were following the Castle doctrine, and can't do much, expect follow some out-date, uncivilized law.

      I can understand, if someone is breaking into your home, there would be grounds fro self-defense, but killing someone on the street, because some states think 'it's the right thing to do', is just beyond the pale.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Chrystal, first of all, a police dispatcher has no authority to tell you anything. None. Secondly, where is the evidence that Zimmerman continued to follow Martin? As a matter of fact, where is your evidence of anything? There were three witnesses to this matter. Martin,Zimmerman and a third who tends to colloberate Zimmerman. So if you were the prosecution, tell me what your plan is to prosecute Zimmerman. What would you say to the jury? What law would you cite to send Zimmerman to jail? What evidence would you use to prosecute Zimmerman?

      April 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deshawn

      Let's be clear. The police DISPATCHER advised him to not follow the man. Did you even listen to the tape? If the dispatcher had told Zimmerman, "Yes, follow him" – at that point, Zimmerman would have been acting as an agent of then government because he was told to undertake some type of enforcement action. For liability purposes, (even if you're a neighborhood watch official) they can not tell you to undertake such an action. Because if they had told him to follow the person of interest, and something happened where Zimmerman was in the wrong – then the government would have also been culpable in that decision to act. The person must sustain the bravery, and/or the will to make that decision themselves. The racist factor has already been taken. The original tape had been edited by a soundbyte producer – who was fired yesterday. When Zimmerman said, ".... he looks black" – that was actually in response to a question by the police dispatcher. The question was edited out to inflame the situation. You have to look at the facts.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harlon Katz

      @G – we also KNOW from the 911 transcripts that Zimmerman STOPPED following Martin and was going back to meet the police at the community mailboxes. The only way there could have been a confrontation is if Martin went back, annoyed at being followed / profiled. Stand your ground does not give you the right to go back after the fact.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      You're going to have a very hard time convincing a jury that you were justified in using physical, or deadly force against someone who was only following you Chrystal. It doesn't matter that Zimmerman was following Trayvon. Trayvon was clearly not justified to use physical force against Zimmerman, therefore, Zimmerman was most likely justified to use physical, and possibly deadly force, to defend himself. I don't care if Trayvon was a gang banger, or an innocent little child. The second he turned around to confront Zimmerman, he put himself into a situation he could have avoided. Why couldn't he have just kept on walking home? Then he went on and physically assaulted an armed individual, who is clearly justified to defend himself.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say what?

      "Race isn't the issue for me in this case, the fact is that Zimmerman was told specifically to stop following Mr. Martin, yet he continued to do so", it has nothing to do with it, 911 always tell people that, but that doesnt mean you have to.

      "Had Trayvon really attacked him first he would be right to do so as some huge stranger was following him, at night." WRONG! You dont have the right to attack anybody, period. You have a right to defend, but NOT attack, get it?

      "What are we taught as kids when approached by a stranger? Run and fight back to defend yourself" WTH...who taught you that?? as kids, you're suppose to RUN away, and if caught, fight to get away...NOT run back to the person to kick their tail....

      "Trayvon was not armed and was murdered in cold blood, Zimmerman needs to be charged and justice must be served." You know this, how? Trayvon might have been armed, but if he did what you said in your statement, Zimm had every right to defend himself, including shooting..just cause you dont see that doesnt mean its wrong, we dont go by your standads, we go by the law.

      "Had Trayvon wrestled the gun away from Zimmerman and shot him, would he be free?" most likely, yes, that or he would have ran away and never been caught..but heres a thought for you...If Zimm were following the "kid", How did they get so close to each other?? I'm betting that the "kid" ran and then came back, and attacked the guy, and at 6 foot, the kid had the upper hand.....the "kid" isnt 12, he's 17.....I'm not fooled

      April 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Zimm had every right to stop and question Martin, especially he was the neighbohood watch person. It's called keeping your neighborhood safe from prowlers. Nothing illegal so far. Then Zimm went back to his car and was attacked right next to his car.... which PROVES Martin snuck up on Zimm and started the real crime, beat him up good and actually broke his nose (medical FACT). All evidence is Martin was the attacker, Zimm simply finished things which was his right and within legal limits. We all would have done the same thing in Zimm's shoes, trust me. If you're on your back getting beat up and you have a gun, you WILL use it. Sorry Martin supporters, you must re-look at the facts and maybe consider Martin was in the wrong here. There's a reason no charges have been filed here.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura G

      Everyone needs to stop referring to the 911 operator. The fact that Zimmerman did not heed the advice of the dispatcher is irrelevant. Police dispatchers/911 operators are not law enforcement officers. They have no legal authority whatsoever. Them giving advice would be no different then the same coming from the bank teller, store clerk or plumber.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • fmj3

      You have no idea what you are talking about! TM was already ahead of GZ on the way to his dad's GF's house and could have just went home, but based on reports from his phone call with his GF he decided to go back and confront GZ – bad move on his part.

      Sorry, right or wrong, a strange person walking around in the rain at night in a neighborhood experiencing a lot of break-ins/burglaries is going to draw some attention.

      The big mistake in this whole mess was TM's assault on GZ simply for observing him – it is not illegal to watch someone in your neighborhood and you can't assault someone for simply doing that.

      April 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpenderH

      How does a 250 pound man catch up to a 6'2" athletic 17 year old who is running for his life, has a head start, and only has 400 feet to go to get to the town house where he is staying? From the time Zimmerman saw Martin take off running (2:07 into the call), and tells the 911 operator that he ran off (2:39 into the call), Zimmerman stayed on the phone for another 84 seconds (He finished with a "Thanks" at 4:03 into the call). Martin only had to walk 3.4 miles per hour, a comfortable walking pace, to make it to his town house before Zimmerman got off the 911 call. Does that sound like Zimmerman had time to chase him down and confront him? Really? Check my facts. You can measure the distance as I did on Google Earth, and listen to the actual 911 call on youtube. Seriously. Look at the facts.

      April 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Libby

      Jerry, it is right there in the 911 transcripts. Zimmerman stated that he was following Martin.

      April 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. captatl

    Will not be long before Al Sharpton and Jessie "Hymie" Jackson come out of their rat holes again. Can you say Tawana Brawley? Al and Jessie are just not capable of learning from their mistakes.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      So what does Sharpton and Jackson have to do with a guy with a history of violence killing an unarmed teenager? Stop using the race issue as a reason to ignore the simple facts of the case.

      Those simple facts add up to there needing to be a trial to decide if Zimmerman did or did not act in self defense.

      People like you use Sharpton/Jackson's involvement as an excuse to ignore that an unarmed teenager was possibly murdered in cold blood...or he was killed as an act of self defense. Who knows.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • maggie

      The Tawana Brawley case was clearly a problem for Sharpton. This case is also many years old and I'd like to think that Sharpton has gotten away from runaway cases. I don't believe this is a runaway case and it is obvious that but for the outrage, this boy's death would have just gone by the by. Nothing will bring this kid back but hopefully, his death will serve to shine a light on this stand your ground law. I have no problem with self defense. I have a huge problem with vigilatism, for purposes of race or anything else.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      You're an idiot. Hymie – really? Do you honestly believe MORE RACISM is what's called for here. Go back to your hole.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      for every Twanna Brawley case i can name you 1 hundred trayvon martin cases for every duke lacrosse case i can name you two hundred falsely identified black men myself included. people are selective listners of truth and facts and they judge based on feelings and subjectivity. if you reversed the race of the dead person all those saying Zimmerman had the right to shoot would be saying trayvon should get the death penaly.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paula

      I grew up in NYC and remember vividly the Brawley case and I totally agree with you in regards to Sharpton and Jackson. While this is a tragic case, the investigators and procecutors need to be the ones to bring charges without the pressures of these two individuals and the marches and everything else that has gone. I am a Black woman and am glad the country has taken note of this situation but am disappointed (particularly in Sharpton and Jackson) that they haven't put their energy and focus on one of the biggests problems of this country, black on black crime. Black men (and women) have been killing each other in this country for decades and "our leaders" sit back and do NOTHING. That is until you have the likes of Zimmerman (regardless of his race), then here they come "out the rat holes" to stir up this case as being racial. Zimmerman is a coward who was looking for trouble and his enthusiasm has finally caught up with him.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Troll so hard Mods wanna Ban Me

    Incoming manslaughter charges

    April 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reuben

      Why? You don't have any evidence to support manslaughter. Maybe the police do but we don't know that yet. Anyone who wants to claim that Trayvon was defending himself from Zimmerman does not know that. Maybe he was, but if Zimmerman was simply following him, even if he told him that he was following him because he looked like a hoodlum, that doesn't give Trayvon the right to attack Zimmerman. We still don't know what happened but everyone seems to think they do. Trying getting both sides of the story too, this website uses selective words for an agenda, just like any news source, so get your info. from more than just one place.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. FromBelow

    "As he walked home with a bag of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea, he was shot and killed by Zimmerman."

    No, he was shot when he was on top of Zimmerman beating his head on the concrete. And stop using pictures of a young Martin.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I know, right!! – CNN makes it sound like Zimmerman was lying in ambush or something.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • giggity

      wow you seem 100% sure of what happened

      April 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • marty

      even if what you described is true what would YOU do if some crazy man waving a gun was chasing after you in the middle of the night?

      April 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • bshel80@yahoo.com

      Yea, but Trayvon was just standing his ground against Zimmerman. This is allowed when ZImmerman shoots him but not when Trayvon defends himself? Stand Your Ground should apply only one time per case, and since Trayvon stood his ground first, Zimmerman should go to prison, where he will probably have a very, very bad experience.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • benji

      And if a strange man, not in a police officer's uniform, with a gun came after you at night you would just cooperate and not defend yourself?

      April 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dino

      Martin's body was found on the grass.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jones

      Rioting? People have behaved better than most sports fanatics do when their team loses the championship...

      April 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      And you know this as a fact how? I look at this simply. Who initiated the contact?

      April 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • RD

      You can not really believe that a 140lb boy has anywhere near the neccesary strength to manhandle a 250lb twentysomething year old man. Plus Martin has the same right to stand his ground when approached by a gun weildeing, much larger, stalking stranger.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      How exactly do you know that?

      Was it the witness that said they saw Zimmerman on top of Martin, or the witness that said they saw Martin on top of Zimmerman?

      Let me know, thanks.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • lisequinn

      Oh, you were there? Why don't you take your eye-witness info to the police? O

      April 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beverly

      If Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman, that was most likely due to Zimmerman first putting his hands on Trayvon and Trayvon had to defend himself and probably got the best of Zimmerman, then Zimmerman felt the need to shoot him. Therefore, Trayvon was trying to stand his ground. Zimmerman should never have confronted this young man in the first place and none of this would have happened.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • tacoreed

      That is not a young pic of Martin. That is how he actually looks. Martin was stalked by Zimmerman and he thought that his story of self defense was/is going to fly! When you are wrong, you are wrong, regardless of race. The race factor came in when Zimmerman used the racial slur to describe Martin. STEREOTYPING is at the center of the case, whether any caucasian American wants to believe it or not...

      April 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      We will stop showing young pictures of Trayvon Martin when you stop writing mis-leading statements about who did what to whom and when; you were NOT there and subsequently the only thing you can report on is speculation and fantasy... this case goes to court!

      April 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Godbodian

      Zimmerman knowing he had a gun in his possession did not listen to the advice of Emergency personnel because he felt he KNEW better. Making him the aggressor. The body was NO WHERE near his truck. All of his APPROVED statements and PR have told multiple versions and mistakes or not the TRUTH only has one. Being that Zimmerman followed that child and stopped Travis while Travis was acting in his own personal rights and liberty to question him about his whereabouts and reasoning for being there IN PLAIN CLOTHES AND WITHOUT ANY FORM OF UNIFORM CONVEYING AUTHORITY OR SAFETY, at that moment Zimmerman becomes an threat to that child giving him the right to defend himself and stand his ground. Zimmerman could have been any crazy over zealous neighbor or property owner taking the "AUTHORITY" of their property and nieghborhood too far how is that child to know.

      LASTLY. What aggressor cries NOOOO HELP ME, HELP ME... While their bashing someone's head in. The same way the audio showed that Zimmerman didn't call that child a racial slur... it also showed that Zimmerman wasn't the one crying for help. Is it more plausible that he ran up on Zimmerman and jumped him at his car and they rolled 70 feet to the place where the body was found and was on top of Zimmerman bashing his head in while he yelled for someone to help him and Zimmerman shoots him? Or... Zimmerman followed him questioned him Travis most likely didnt respond in a way Zimmerman was looking for then attempted to intimidate Martin which lead to Martin trying to defend himself which eventually lead to Zimmerman discharging his weapon.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reuben

      Yes, Please please please stop showing us a 10 year old boy. The one with him in the white hoodie, it's became the face of the movement, he's like 10 years old there! A picture shouldn't matter but unfortunately it most definitely does. Fox news shows an older gangster looking Trayvon, and CNN shows an angelic looking little boy. Both sides have an agenda!

      April 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Patrish

    Well she darn well better charge Zimmerman with something, or will have riots in Florida. He should have been charge from the beginning. I'm a 70 year old white woman, but I have issues with this. Zimmerman's a wanta be cop, etc. and used authority he did not have. he could of left well enough alone and followed the 911 request.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimBob

      Did you even bother to read the article?

      April 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpenderH

      What authority did Zimmerman use? Authority to call 911? To walk through his own neighborhood, which he had every right to do, especially in his role as watch captain? Even if he had asked Martin why he was there it would not have been with any authority other than the basic rights we all have as humans.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      So they should charge him with something...even if it isn't called for...just to quell possible rioting? I don't think so. They should do what the case calls for....regardless of what some threatened reprecusions may be.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. J Johnson

    Guess all of the legal "experts" out there were wrong.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SpenderH

    There was simply no evidence that this was anything other than self-defense. There were witnesses who lent enough credibility to Zimmerman's account, like "John" who says Martin was on top of Zimmerman and he saw Zimmerman was calling for help prior to the gunshot. No evidence means no trial. Simple as that. There was zero evidence to go to trial with.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRan

      then that should be proven in a court room, not in a police station. Don't you understand the implications of giving the power of conviction over to the police and not to the people? this is bigger than travyon martin and George Zimmerman

      April 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dino

      Wrong. And there would better evidence if the Sanford Police had done a proper investigation. They did not.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Qodex

      Uhh.. no. All that's happened is the prosecutor has decided there's no need to send the case to a grand jury. Which is not at all uncommon.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpenderH

      @BRAN: You cannot just take anybody to trial that you want. There is a procedure. It begins with physical evidence or testimony linking a "suspect" to a "crime". Do you think the police can just come arrest you today for a bank robbery without anybody saying you did it, or physical evidence linking you to the crime? They cannot. They need something that they can show a jury as evidence or testimony. They have zero evidence of a crime occurring. Zero testimony. That cannot get to a trial ever. Only Zimmerman seems to know what happened that night. The rest is speculation, which is not admissible in court. Something like proof is needed to give the police probable cause to arrest somebody. They have nothing. There was probably never any evidence to collect. There is a shell casing, some marks on the ground, evidence of wounds, and testimony from Zimmerman which are actual evidence, but they do not indicate if this was self-defense. There are people who heard something, but not clearly, who don't corroborate or refute Zimmerman's story.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpenderH

      @Dino: What evidence could there have possibly been? There were no cameras there that night. They spoke to everybody within ear-shot of that shooting, and nobody could say with certainty what had happened. There is a shell casing, physical wounds, and some marks on the ground indicating a struggle and shooting, but they do not indicate who confronted whom. Zimmerman could have said aliens came down and shot Martin and there would be no proof to refute him because nobody else saw the confrontation. There was no mythical evidence to be collected at the scene.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Terrence

    I keep seeing Stand Your Ground law come up, however, doesn't it seem that Trayvon was "standing his ground" as a strange man was following him as he walked home from the store. To see a grand jury not convene and this case rest in the hands of one individual sends a bad vibe that Zimmerman is going to walk away without anyone knowing the real story. Trayvon didn't pull Zimmerman out of his car which placed him in a dangerous situation, Zimmerman got out of his car, with his 9MM and followed Trayvon as he walked home. Trayvon "stood his ground" when he realized he was in danger!

    April 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpenderH

      What was Trayvon "standing his ground" against? Questions? It seems that Zimmerman was not trying to approach Martin, only follow him at a distance. That is not something a reasonable person assaults another person for.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JamesJ

    Sorry, Crystal, the 911 operator (not a policeman) said, "we don't recommend you follow him." You are allowed your own opinion but not your own facts.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slimm Sunny

      The quote is "we don't need you to do that." Now who is it that is making up "facts" ?

      April 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      The words are: "We don't need you to do that." AND, as an attorney, from that point on Mr. Zimmerman became the aggressor; Mr. Zimmerman is the proximate cause of this entire situation... whether he will be charged is another question. It just seems, as usual, the police in Sanford really, really, messed this up...

      April 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpenderH

      @Jean Sartre: So, as an attorney, if Zimmerman had laid down on the ground at that point and started crying he would still be the aggressor? You do not know the facts about what happened after Zimmerman's 911 call ended, so you cannot possibly say who the aggressor is. Zimmerman may have yelled out "Sorry I followed you. I'm going back to my car now and will not bother you again." for all you know, yet you claim Zimmerman would still be the aggressor? Get a real law degree before you go spouting off without facts. I don't claim to have facts.

      April 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harlon Katz

      @Jean – maybe if YOU listened to the WHOLE 911 tape or read the transcript you would see that Zimmerman DID stop following Martin. He was on his way to MEET THE POLICE. How would he meet them at the mailboxes IF he was still pursuing Martin. The operator said that "he did not HAVE to follow" after which time he starts talking with the operator about meeting the police and where they should come in the complex. During that whole conversation, HE IS NOT FOLLOWING MARTIN.

      QUIT THE LYING!

      April 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sup

    Yeah I see charges coming in the next couple of days!

    April 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Frank noney

    This whole case is just a ploy to get Obama's base all fired up.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • maggie

      Really stupid remark.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dino

      remark is worse than stupid

      April 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      Incredibly STUPID remark...

      April 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ashas Bee

    captatl, please kill yourself and take any other idiot who keeps calling for Jesse and Al with you. Find something else to say, like a prayer for understanding and healing. Y'all show your ignorance when THAT is the first thing you have to say when a child's life has been lost.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TC

    Why dosnt the African American community march and make a big deal about black-black crime! 93% of African-American murders are black on black

    April 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRan

      because the people in those murders are already in prison......

      April 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Taylor

    Zimmerman will be rail-roaded without a Grand Jury

    April 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • maggie

      Quite the opposite Jeff. It takes virtually nothing for a grand jury to find reason to move forward. In such a high profile case, this prosecutor is going to have to be pretty sure about the quality of meeting that probable cause threshold. This is for a jury or a judge to decide, not the media, not you or me.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harlon Katz

      Now we have the more likely reason why the prosecutor is not having the grand jury. She would need to provide evidence that she does not have. She wants to charge Zimmerman to appease the potential rioters, no matter what the actual facts may show. Maybe she is hoping that 9 to 10 months down the road when this goes to trial, the crazy, racist rioters will have forgotten when the case is dismissed due to lack of evidence.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tizzy

    Rita's is comin

    April 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
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