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. tom

    Nice picture of Zimmerman, he looks like a gentleman.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jehosophat

      yeah – but he is still a murderer.

      April 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. regina

    Harlon, if you listen to all that has been released so far, there is the matter of the friend that travon was talking to at the time of the incident. She says(if you believe her), that the first contact was from zimmerman to trayvon, "what are doing around here?, and trayvon's response, "why are you following me?"!!!!! So my question is ,if trayvon was following zimmerman, and not the other way around, would not the questions be the other way around too?!!!!!!

    April 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Guy Noir

    Ironic twist:

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/national/south/view/20120406zimmermans_family_george_handed_out_fliers_protesting_police_coddling_of_white_suspect/srvc=home&position=recent

    April 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      he's not white.

      April 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. regina

    Harlon, If you listen to the tape of zimmerman, you will hear that he first agreed to meet the officers, and then he changed his mind and asked the operator to have them call him when they arrived and he would then tell them where is was!!!!!

    April 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Guy Noir

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-04-05/news/os-george-zimmerman-fliers-20120405_1_sherman-ware-justin-collison-robert-zimmerman

    April 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bajajoes

    FACT: Martin's fingerprints are on Zimmerman's gun! That fact alone establishes enough doubt that Zimmerman can not be convicted of killing Martin. Perhaps they will charge him with something else but not for the killing.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ol' Yeller

      Are you smoking crack over there?!? Where is it stated that it is a fact Trayvon's fingerprints are on Zimmerman's gun?!? The BS that Trayvon went for Zimmermans gun didn't even come out until his family and attorneys started trying this case in the media.
      Even if that were a 'fact' as you say, who is to say Zimmerman didn't place Trayvon's fingers on the gun to support his story of the attack. After all, it is a fact that zimmerman purposefully smacked his head on the pavement, lay down in the grass, and punched himself in the nose to support his account of the murder. Right?

      April 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      ZIMMERMAN IS GOING TO WALK, I BET YOU.

      April 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bill

    the stand your ground law is a good law, the only ones that don't like it are the criminals

    April 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      BILL YOU ARE CORRECT..THE CRIMINALS HATE THAT LAW......

      April 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ol' Yeller

      My understanding is that many Law Enforcement agencies came out against this law because, having been around a lot of idiots who like to brandish weapons, they understood all too well how this law was going to lead to situations such as this. My experience... the people who want so much to carry guns are some of the people you definitely do not want carrying guns.

      April 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. devildog

    Grasshopper learned a valuable life lesson that night. Don't attack anyone who isn't a threat cause you wanna be a gangsta.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dagobert II

    No need for any stinkin' grand jury, court, or lawyers. Everybody just meet and settle this a the great Stand Your Ground historical reenactment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1csr0dxalpI

    April 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • cathammer

      IF things went down as Zimmerman says (on the ground, being beaten), it would be simple self-defence. It wouldn't require a "stand your ground" law, as those are designed to remove the requirement to retreat, if possible, rather than allow a response with force.

      April 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JJBABE

    I wish they would hurry up...Hopefully some decision will be made this week

    April 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Doug l.

    The Daily Caller, a conservative news site, has published 152 pages of tweets it says were copied from Trayvon Martin's Twitter account before it was taken down.

    The image attached to the Twitter account when Martin died matches one that has been widely distributed. That photograph of Martin depicts him smiling, gold-toothed, into a camera in front of an electronic dartboard with a tatto on his arm.

    Here is a small sample of the messages by a user with the handle '@NO_LIMIT_Ni**A' sent and received in the months before Trayvon's death:

    * (From a cousin): Yu ain't tell me yu swung on a bus driver * PLZZ EXERCISE YO RIGHT 2 REMAIN SILENT.. DAM * 2 glock 40's... b**ch you got 80 problems * Finna (I'm fixing to) smoke 1 wit my dawg wayne * Lol so daisha think she a boss cuz she walkd in class late 2day.... i do that everyday * Sum stuff u jus gotta tak 2 da grav w/ u *

    April 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ol' Yeller

      And this means what?
      I have seen accounts from some of zimmerman's ex coworker's which say he was asked to leave one job because he 'just lost it' with this lady and became overly aggressive and violent.
      So what... it doesn't matter what Trayvon tweeted when he was alive. It doesn't matter what happened to zimmerman on a job in the past. What matters is the evidence which will be presented at his trial (and there will be a trial) showing that he pursued Trayvon Martin that night and shot him to death. He will convicted.

      April 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ashabrandi

    Its sad this case couldn't just be about the evidence and its more about race. I blame that on Al and Jesse. Nothing is wrong with saying lets get this to a higher court. Okay fine, but that whole protest scene was a bit much. Not because it was extreme but because they didnt have all the evidence. Zimmerman is not a racist. If Al/Jesse/BlackPanthers are so concerned with black ppl and crime Chicago and Detroit definitely need some help. I remember my pastor preached on racial division around the time of the O.J. case and the Million Man March. He made some good points. To sum it up we all are too good for racial division or any type of division. Americans have to stand together. Black ppl have to get over the past. And we all have to demand equality for all, not some, so our country can remain a superpower. A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand, it just cant. (Great Message) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VAImTa_t_c&list=PL20E3FE9332079091&feature=plcp&context=C4daac39FDvjVQa1PpcFMREhc7t9zg9_SVja5-b8p7uOTo5Nkfn1E=. I mean its better than arguing. I would rather pray for all parties. It beats trolling the internet with racist comments and harassing ppl that have a difference of opinion. We are so much better than racism America. We just are : ) This entire fiasco has me judging myself and making sure I do not promote division/inferiority/superiority in any way. God bless!

    April 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dana

    The grand jury can't find fault and the special prosecutor wont allow the jury to exonerate him, still looking for a way to hang him. The failure of the justice system, again. George is innocent.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wwkdo

    this tragic incident is beginning to tun biblical. Crowds calling for the arrest and prosecution of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin just as the masses called for the arrest and prosecution of Jesus. I'm in no way comparing Zimmerman to Jesus Christ but the similarities are obvious and just as dangerous. Believe it or not it's a good thing it's good that the prosecutors take their time and do it correctly so that we don't have a replay of the bible where there was a rush to appease the masses and in the process prosecute someone unjustly.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Doug l.

    If character is not important then why was Trayvon portrayed as the son everybody would want to have at first?

    "Stop the violence. Save the children," Jackson said, leading the congregation in a chant.
    Jackson said Martin's death was not so unusual, but what made it so exceptional is Martin himself. The 17-year-old did not have a history of drugs, violence or delinquency. He has the appeal of innocence and the power of a martyr, Jackson said.
    "Martyrs have power," Jackson said. "He represents all of us."

    April 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
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