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. Pay Attention

    If Martin was on top of Zimmerman...as he states ... when he shot Martin in the chest...Martin's limp body would have collapsed on top of Zimmerman. Right? So explain this...how was it that Martin was found face down. Logically, if there is a limp body on top of you...you would push them off of you...which means, now they are face up. You will not have me believe that Zimmerman slid or wiggle himself from underneath Martin.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lila

      And not a drop of blood on him!

      April 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher Wood

      If you think about it logically, depending on the amount of force Z. used to push the limp body off of him (taking into account adrenaline was flowing), it is possible the momentum caused the body to roll over from back to front.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Like THEY can pay attention...and really don't give a crap about the kid. Thank God for his parents, I'm sorry to say that they will be forever in pain due to their son's death.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nowswimback

    Well expect the apes to chimpout once again.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • trooperchix

      you are disgusting.

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

      what if that was your child would you like some one to say the nasty thing you juat sad you are a very nasty person

      April 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. uisignorant

    So many psychics here. To bad you DO NOT know what happened and are so prejudicial to convict someone without all the fact being present. This is not a CSI episode that will be resolved in your short attention span. JUST SHUT UP AND WAIT!

    April 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sirned

    The bottom line should be a kid walking home minding his own business got shot by an over zealous self appointed cop. That's enough to hold Zimmerman until a trail. Let the trial decide Zimmermans fate. Let's not forget there is a dead teen...

    April 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. harley02

    Some individuals postings have no insights at all into the facts, but just making a comment. The facts are not all out in the public, but this is very odd that only bits and pieces are coming out. Zimmerman was wrong to get out of his car and he started this entire event. If he would have just stayed in his vehicle and waited on the police, a young man would still be alive.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ol' Yeller

    The next announcement will be that there is an arrest warrant issued for Zimmerman. They don't need a Grand Jury when they have the evidence. Ignore the hoodie, ignore the unidentiifed 'eyewitnesses' (Sandra from Deleware, you've been watching to much FOX news), ignore the BS Zimmerman's lawyers are spreading about the 'attack' (why are they making their closing argument now?- because they see the writing on the wall).
    Look at the timelines. The timelines from the calls and the film at the PD tell you everything you need to know. The eyewitnesses who have came forward and who have been identified do not support Zimmerman's account at all. The unidentified witnesses created by FOX news and other Zimmerman defenders (AKA racists) are the only who support Zimmerman's made up story. The announcement will come soon on the arrest warrant... I guarantee you.

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

    So I'm sitting here today watching the news and it seems about every 10 minutes CNN has coverage of Treyvon Martin. It's like there is NO other news worth reporting. I have to watch the news TICKER, at the bottom of the screen to get any REAL news. Or watch NBC/ABC news. The low-light of my morning was when they once again trotted out the resident black racist, Roland Martin, who did nothing except speak for the Martin family. Like he is another lawyer for them. Saying everything would be ok if they arrest zimmerman. Thats all they want, him arrested. Forget innocent until proven guilty. That only goes apparently if your black. Otherwise you MUST be arrested to pacify the black masses. Sickening.
    I'd like to know what REALLY happened. But if CNN and the NAACP have their way we may never know the real truth. It'l be just a lynch mob hanging him. Lynched in the media. So much for journalistic integrity CNN. Apparently that only goes if its a story about whites. If you're black CNN will put out propaganda in your behalf. What's going to happen if he isn't charged ? Or if charged, proven innocent ? What kind of propaganda will we see next from CNN ? Sickening.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pat F

    When the riots start, and whites start getting pulled out of their cars and trucks and beaten to death, where will the outrage be then? How many white people will have to die before the black community is satisfied – are 10 enough? 20?

    Didn't Al Sharpton lose all of his credibility with the Tawanda Brawley perjury and libel convictions?

    April 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pam

    Since Trayvon's girlfriend on the phone actually heard Zimmerman approach the kid, his claim that the kid chased him is doubtful. But why isn't Trayvon allowed to defend himself against an armed stranger, when apparently Zimmerman is allowed to shoot a kid who punches him???

    April 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jean Sartre

    Based on the comments on this article alone, America needs to do some serious thinking and educating regarding race relations: we are light years away from putting skin color behind us...

    April 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. samsart

    Another facet at work here is the possibility that the Prosecutor does not want to be put in a position to really shed light on the 'stand your ground' law. There is a great deal of difference between protecting life and property from invaders/attackers, than actively seeking to engage someone and ultimately take their life, then claim you felt threatened. A great deal of difference from being cornered in an alley, or a parking garage elevator, than following someone in a vehicle, leaving the vehicle and engaging. That is a flaw in legislation. So, in some ways, it's not the issue if Zimmerman will ever be charged, but more the issue that the law would be on trial, and that would force a re-evaluation of said law, which is a no-win. So, Zimmerman will get a pass.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Charlee

    This entire incident is unfortunate. There are no good outcomes. Haters are promoting hate. Even if this is what it was, the haters will make sure it isn't seen that way.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MEME

    He better be charged, even if George Zimmerman did have a gash on the back of his head it doesn't mean he was the one being attacked. If I was not doing anything wrong and some weird man started chasing me i would totally try to defend myself and fight for my life, because i am sure that coward, George, was showing his gun and the young boy feared for his life and ran. George chased him and killed him.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sirned

    The Prosecutor is an elected position. She is in a district where two thirds of her voters are white. This has now become a political issue so it's going to get interesting.... Her move to not let it go to the Grand Jury might have more to do with politics than justice...Just saying

    April 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • FlotsamJetsam

      Your statement is not correct. Lots of prosecutors will decide to try a case on their own without invoking a grand jury. I would be surprised if she does not charge Zimmerman before too long. (I think she's only had the case since March 22). There are a lot of inconsistencies with the Zimmerman story (self-defense, lack of injuries) and other witnesses that were not part of the original Sanford PD investigation (GF on call, more detailed witness statements) so this will probably go forward. The Stand Your Ground defense will not fly and there are lots of people more than willing to throw Zimmerman under the bus rather than see this law challenged.

      April 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MoreOrLess

    Let's see if I have this right. We can let O.J. SImpson off for murdering his wife because there was a shred of doubt when it was obvious he did it but it is OK to convict Zimmerman when there is no clear cut evidence that he wasn't defending himself

    April 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
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