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. BobbyGB

    We don't need another botched investigation, botched arrest, and botched trial (Cough, Casey Anthony). This is not the immediate end of the case. There is no 100% irrefutable evidence as of yet for the arrest. What is more outrageous, no arrest or an arrest with a not guilty verdict because of a rushed investigation and trial? Pick your battles – immediate arrest or a conviction? Pick one, can't have both.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. angryoldguy

    No, CNN isn't pushing the "race button", I AM! I am white but I know one thing for sure. In America 2012, with all the subtlety of an elephant breaking wind, it is quite obvious that it' "open season" on people of color. White "fear & rage" have been inflamed by the politics of "we got to get that black man out of the white house"! Don't think so? Then you are delusional or in denial! Starting with the "Tea party" images of the president as Hitler or the Joker and all the way up to Santorum's remarks in Iowa it is apparent as the nose on your face! Time for us to wake up and admit our flaws and realize that as a country that can truly be called "color blind", we still have a long way to go and a lot of soul-searching work to do. As for Mr. Zimmerman, it is clear that on the 911 call, the police tell him clearly to stay in his vehicle and they will take care of it. Does he listen? NO! He gets out and pursues the young man. Regardless of what happens next, the result is the young man in question is dead, and it appears now that Mr. Zimmerman will walk free without so much as a slap on the wrist! That is incredible! He was told by the police not to pursue and he did anyway so he brought this all down on himself and his victim. Where is his sense responsibility? This guy should be allowed to carry a gun? Really? Time to ask yourself some serious questions, whether you are "sick of hearing about it" or not! Time to grow up and take responsibility for our actions, whether physical or spoken word.

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

      Thank you, this is exactly what i've been saying, and is the truth. Let's bring it up out of the closet and stop acting as though these outbursts/notes don't exist. We can only heal once we admit the problem.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Armenian

      Maybe if they stood up for the right side of the law instead of just chattering about a broken watermelon, they'd accomplish something.... like graduation! This kid was suspended from school and yet, he is the best of the black community and all over the news because of it! Wow. Rather than fight for the black Republican Presidential Candidate (Caine) who actually accomplished a shix tonne more positive things, ya gonna fight for a loser kid troublemaker. Kind of telling about the black community. Hmmm fight for Caine or fight for the punk gangsta wannabe?

      April 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Armenian

      Get off your soap box "angry old man" Zimmerman was fat Latino whose got a good reputation helping others out. Martin was a punk problem from Miami who was a gangsta wannabe. Why don't you argue for something you know about that is worthwhile, like, how the white community ousted Herman Caine from the presidential republican primaries based on white standards of social protocol? How come I don't hear any of you black folks hollerin "racism" cause of that? Cain could pick your sorry buts up outta this economic funk quicker than any lawyer-being Obama dude, yet you are too buried in your KFC bucket to see it. Well, you get what you squak about! If all you want is a simple trial of a Latino in Florida rather than a dynasty of smart black presidents... well... you earn it.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAY WHAT?

      @THE ARMENIAN...Zimmerman a good reputation? Wow, if your ignorance and stupidity wasn't so pathetic, it might be laughable.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ton

    "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." – Whoa. Wait a minute. As he walked home he was shot and killed by Zimmerman? Really? That is NOT what happened. Who's responsible for keeping the media honest?

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

      Hey you, Mr. Ignorant, all signs point to an overzealous trigger happy Zimmerman. Have you been living under a rock? Sounds like it. Signed, informed not ignorant

      April 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mark Dmitriy Chartoff

    I have heard through the cousin of a former editor of The Enquirer that Trayvon martin was in fact 6' 4" and 220 ibs. It seems George Zimmerman was at a disadvantage. Carrying around candy and tea is no excuse for walking at night in a Florida cated community. See what I mean? Unsubstantiated rumors get printed all the time, just as this one is completely fabricated! Thank you.

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

      That's not true – Trayvon was tall, but skinny. Zimmerman had many more pounds on him. I know someone who went to school with the kid.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ray

    you might try zimmerm , but now he can't get a fair trial in this country, so you might as well give it up.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Richards

    Cue the race baiters to start screaming about racism

    April 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GM

    @ Brian & grillkicker....For every 1 LEGALLY registered weapon the 'law abiding' have, the STREETS have 10...Think about that one....

    April 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bkscanada

      so? What's your point? Still no excuse to pull a trigger. What would "mr law abiding" have done if he had no gun?

      April 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. clemalum07

    CNN is a joke

    April 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pink

    Crump is not going to get his "Public" Trial. I can already tell Corey is trying to close off all information to the public.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Paulie

    Zimmerman is nothing more than a wannabe cop punk who shot a teen so he can be a stand out in the community. So those same people won't think he's a latino gang banger protecting his turf . Instead he called himself "neighborhood
    watchman." Pathetic.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WOW

    Its sad that White America is still so lost. You are jumping all over Zimmerman saying he was attacked. Stupid! Theres no evidence of taht. The only evidence is that Zimmerman chased Martin and got his butt kicked. There is NO evidence that Martin attacked him, How do you know Zimmerman didnt pull the gun and Martin attacked trying to save his life??

    April 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • trooperchix

      thank you. Finally some sense. If some joker came at me with a gun I sure as heck would protect myself. Also as a typical teenager I would have forgotten to use the phone being the GUN would have my utmost attention.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cas

    The fact that it is going this long without this prosecutor coming to a decision either means too thing:

    1) Investigating more than one person involved or corruption to cover up also being investigated.
    2) The prosecutor is looking hard and desperately for a line of reasoning that will make this "stand your ground", when all the information we suspected and now know points to murder.

    Absolte bogus for it to take this long, if it is not that this prosecutor will come to make the same conclusion as the previous one...

    April 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      You left out the possibility that the local law enforcement is under extreme pressure to charge Zimmerman, even though they have too little evidence to do so at this time.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cas

    Two things!

    April 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. imhoo

    I LOVE how the Trayvon Martin supporters know all of the facts. I say this because they must because they are always so quick to inform the Zimmerman supporters that they don't know the facts. Truth is this.....We don't know the whole truth and won't until more is released pending the outcome from the Special Prosecutor. The little info that we DO have does seem to point to Zimmerman not being at fault here. One truth is this.....the media refuses to show the updated and current pictures of Trayvon Martin. The ones with the tattoos and gold teeth Grill...you know....the ones that are a FAR cry from the ones we get to see of this sweet little "innocent" boy who did nothing wrong. .

    April 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. English101

    @wee bee.....umm since no coroners report has been released, we dont know wether or not that is in the evidenciary pool, pump your brakes. Or is the only excercise you get from jumping to conclusions?!

    April 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
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