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. Evangenital

    This is going to end in riots. I hope they know that the people want justice.

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

      No they don't. These people want mob rule.

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

      We have the rule of the law in the U.S. not the rule of the street mob!

      April 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Why Use Facts

      So if the evidence shows that charges shouldn't be filed, or there isn't enough evidence to file charges you think riots are appropriate?

      April 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • tagnone

      IT WILL BE A MESS NO WAY AROUND IT

      April 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan G.

    If he is not taken to trial and there are riots the fault will be with CNN, NBC, and MSNBC for their race baiting and poor journalistic practices which continues based on how this article was written to imply Zimmerman shot him because he had Arizona Ice Tea and Skiddles.

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

      You left out Fox- whose revving up the crazy white people.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      The only ones who believe that are the sheep that get their info fed to them by the "fair and balanced" (lol?!) "journalists" at Faux News.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. michaelmhughes

    Uh, is your copy editor on vacation, CNN?

    "Corey previously said she has not used grand jury's in cases like this..."

    Juries is the plural of jury. Sheesh.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wolfdiggler

    well, a milestone for treating whites and Hispanics back in a more fair way than they were previously getting!!!

    April 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. allison wiggins

    She will be filing charges on her own. This is not going away. Zimmerman should lawyer up and look for a plea deal.

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

      u should go chew on a donkey dicke!

      April 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Moonshine7102

    Guess the prosecutor didn't think she could prove murder-1.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rickygf

    Well it won't be long before every house in the ghetto will be getting new tv's or any thing else the looters can carry

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

      FYI- all of us darkies don't live in the ghetto. Nasty comment like yours make me want go help the hoodies.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • amirite

      c: but y'all loot, is that what your saying? Lmao. Relax. J/k.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TC

    The media won`t be happy until there is a race war between blacks,whites and hispanics!

    April 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAY WHAT?

      NEWSFLASH! There already is, but then you wouldn't know that living in your world.
      Btw, what color is the sky in your world?

      April 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim

    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.

    Why is this the 2nd to last paragraph? Doesn't this lend some clarity to the events that happened?

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

      The police confirmed that that was Zimmerman's account. They did NOT confirm that it actually occurred in the manner that Zimmerman says it did.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. truth1063

    Wow – because they are scared of the lunatic fringe they will abandon normal law proceedings and just railroad this guy. Our government has failed. Time to rise up. This is a modern day lynch mob.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • c

      What makes you think you're any different from them

      April 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George

    Of course Crump wants a public trial, but it sure isn't so that it will be a fair trial. I haven't seen a lot of pro athletes and others wearing Zimmerman's outfit from that night in support of him. I haven't heard the president say, "My daughters could have been attacked on a sidewalk late at night."

    Gotta say I completely agree with @noel. Seems to me like both were certainly in the wrong.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. QuitPlayin'

    @FromBelow,

    The video of Zimmerman doesn't support your theory about his his head being banged on concrete. Nor does it support Zimmerman's assertion that he suffered a broken nose that night. The man didn't even need an ambulance after this "vicious beating" that Zimmerman's father alledged took place!

    Ask yourself this: Does it make sense for a kid to be crying and screaming "help me, help me" while sitting on someone and punching him in the face and banging his head on the sidewalk? If you believe it was Zimmerman crying and screaming (while knowing full well that he had a concealed firearm), then no amount of words will make you think logically.

    Good Day.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • prestonsc

      http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/03/enhanced-video-zimmerman-in-police-station-appears-to-show-injuries/

      April 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ready4theshow

      Yes, why should we believe that Zimmerman was the one calling for help? Well, besides the two eyewitnesses who said it was him, and the two neighbors (you know, ppl who actually KNOW what Zim's voice sounds like) who heard the tape and said it was Zimmerman.

      Oh, and Trayvon's dad originally said it wasn't Trayvon's voice on the tape. How do YOU KNOW IT WAS HIS? Have you ever heard Trayvon Martin's voice? For all you know he had a voice like James Earl Jones. You are basing your entire argument on your assumption of what you think a 17 year old sounds like, but you have nothing with which to back up your assertion. Yes, you say that anyone who doubts you "has their mind made up" and is basically not worth dealing with. You, sir, are sad....

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

    What about the three other shooting victims in Sanford since Trayvon? Where's the news about that?

    April 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Byrd

      Sanford is now incorporated as the first state-sponsored, live-fire range in Amerika: a loaded gun is the only price for admission.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. genebrady

    Further evidence of the long arm of the NRA lobby

    April 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Byrd

    Angela Corey is a walking piece of excrement, but notice that I didn't say human...Sure to be the NRA's next poster girl: fat, ugly and monumentally ignorant.

    An armed man felt threatened, so he stalked someone walking away from him and shot him dead, just like justice in Amerika.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
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