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. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right vs. Wrong"

    Things to remove from the equation: racist, black, mixed, hispanic, hoodie, followed, skittles, hearsay, permit, block watch, ect.ect.

    Things to leave in the equation: Man, Teen, Gun owned by Man.

    Stand Your Ground Law (not G_ds law): Does not apply to deceased teens, rather just the trigger man.

    Zimmerman could have all his teeth smashed out of his head, broken nose, multiple cuts, bruises from head to toe, gonads kicked in, two broken arms, two broken legs. But once he pulls the trigger, if he's STILL capable of pulling the trigger, and kills another human being, IT'S MURDER.
    You could have a laid off Sanford city sanitation worker be a prosecuter, and it would come out inn Martins favor.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • cathammer

      Unlike many posting, I don't claim to know what happened, but in the scenario you lay out, you are 100% wrong. Legally, that would be self-defence, not murder.

      April 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Hunter

      Shooting someone who is attempting to or has broken your limbs or bashed in your teeth is self-defense, and homicide (a coroner's technical finding), but not murder. Were I on a jury trial for someone charged with a crime who shot someone who was beating the accused's head against the ground, I'd acquit.

      There is no "right to life while in the act of committing felony assault."

      April 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randall J Stevens

      If you feel Zimmerman disobeyed police by following Martin than you had better read what I have to say.

      How was Zimmerman following Martin unlawfully? If you are saying this because Zimmerman was told not to follow Martin than you are 100% WRONG! Zimmerman WAS NEVER told do not follow as most people seem to think. He WAS told "we don't need you to that". Two completely different statements. The actual statement made by the operator can be interpreted in numerous different ways. I'm not defending Zimmerman's actions by stating this, I do not condone what he did at all, but I absolutely hate when people take words that were spoken and twist them into some completely different phrase to suit their purpose. Do not is an order that is expected to be followed. We don't need you to do that is a suggestion not to follow and is under the discretion of the receiver of the message to obey or not. How can you people not see this?

      April 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • mre2

      Don't know much about law and criminal justice, do you?

      April 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • kam

      no its self defense, smart one

      April 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • letsbereal

      Black woman as special prosecutor, going on air saying shes seeking justice for the martin family. Ya right...

      April 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC


      April 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benson Jasmine

      The police officers stop me. Bla bla bla. I beat them all up. Bla bla bla. They pull out the guns. Bla bla bla. I die. IT’S A MURDER. Bla bla bla.

      April 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benson Jasmine

      The police officers stop me. Bla bla bla.
      I beat them all up. Bla bla bla.
      They pull out the guns.
      Bang bang bang.
      I die.
      IT’S A MURDER.
      Bla bla bla.
      Request Justice!

      April 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • JG

      Holy Crap! Why cant you Republicans leave your God at home instead of cramming your religion down everyone's throat? Not everyone is a Christian, and not all non-Christians are devil worshipers (that is the Cristian belief, correct). You fascists can't open your mouths without spitting your religion in everyone's face. Give it a rest hypocrates. Not a one of you could live a Christ-like life if Ted Nugent held a gun to your collective heads.

      April 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Justice is served when all emotions, political angles & activists have been removed from the facts and any anything but the truth is ignored as it should be. There are laws and we trust the judicial system to investigate and prosecute when needed. The investigation is before the arrest so people who have not broken the law will not be arrested and to keep from spending time and money on a trial that they can not win just to satisfy some people who are using an incident to make money (CNN, Al Sharpton). Right vs wrong I agree with. Right= media and everyone else but the families stay out of it. Wrong= whats happening now.

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

      You obviously know nothing about the law, and even without stand your ground, your case is laughable. You're just another hothead who doesn't want to be subject to penalty for his actions. That's what a lot of this is about. Some people (like you) want to have the ability to intimidate, threaten, and beat someone without fear of having to pay for those actions. Well, guess what... over 30 states now have laws that protect innocents from being attacked by nutheads like you. And if you try to injure people to get your way, you deserve to get shot for it. Simple answer: Don't attack someone. Whatever the outcome of the Martin case, people like you are scared because you hate authority. You hate having to answer for your own stupid actions. You are your own worst enemy.

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

      Your tinfoil has malfunctioned. See if you can get a refund.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. concerned

    I don't think Zimmerman is a racist. I think he made a horrible decision. I am an african american with two sons and this situation is so tragic. But to make it only about race diminshes the tragic situation. There have been many reports about Trayvon's character. Some made on this site. It does not matter. What matters is that he was being unlawfully follwed by a misguided indivual holding a loaded gun. I agree with the Stand your ground law, but I don't think it applies here.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • cathammer

      I mostly agree with you, but following someone, even with a gun in your possession, is not unlawful. we don't even know if he had the gun out or if it were visible (Trayvon supposedly didn't comment on it to his girlfriend). Taking out a gun and threatening someone with it WOULD be assault.

      April 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ol' Yeller

      I keep seeing posts where people say Zimmerman isn't a racist, or I don't think Zimmerman is a racist. On what evidence are you basing this? He is under investigation by the Federal Government for civil rights violations and possibly a hate crime. Eveyone keeps saying we need all the facts (these are usually the Zimmerman apologists who then go onto to condemn Trayvon Martin), well, let's let ALL these investigations take their course. What the Sanford police department did the night Trayvon died was in no way, shape, or form an investigation. A 17 y/o boy died that night and many of these witnesses and people who called 911 were not interviewed for 4 or 5 days after the incident; but Zimmerman was free that night. Based simply on his story... because these terrible injuries his brother, family, and attorneys are claiming simply do not pass the smell test.

      April 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Hunter

      He was not being "unlawfully followed." The only issue here is whether or not self-defense was justified. Until someone can come up with a conclusive answer to whether or not Martin was slamming Zimmerman's head against the ground, I can't see how all of us in the general public could know whether or not Zimmerman committed a crime in shooting Martin.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC


      April 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ellamen

      No proof that he followed, and it is not unlawful to follow, in any case. Sad about what happened, though.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right vs. Wrong"

    Last I seen Zimmerman was walking, like he didn't have a care in the world.
    So there's no sense in getting angry about it, I don't even think Floriduh has a death penalty...do they?..they should!

    April 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ashabrandi

      lolol @ Floriduh. Florida has the 2nd or 3rd highest death row rate...Its really high..California and Texas are neck and neck.

      April 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ol' Yeller

      They fried Bundy.

      April 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC


      April 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Justice4America

    Yes, we do have a black President. What does this mean for America? It does not mean anything.

    It is very sad for any one in their right mind, to think, that this Country is in the Post- Racial Era, because we now have a Black President, when our Media is so afraid of saying anything bad about Obama, even if it is the truth. Because, they are afraid to be called racists.

    We see the action of our media, in the 2008 election, whenever Obama ran a negative ad against Hillary Clinton, they would twist it and blame Hillary. Hillary, as a former first Lady, the media was very disrespectful to her and even trashed her, simply because she was running!!

    And we see it now in the way Romney's financial life is constantly attacked by the media. When in actual fact Obama our black, President, who claim to care about the poor, has raised more money than Romney.

    In Obama's 2008, election, he raised more money than any American Presidential candidate, in the history of the United States, almost a billion to be exact. That is if he in fact, disclosed how much he actually raised.

    I am a black, divorced mother and Obama had not done anything for me, as my President. I am unemployed and statistics show that t unemployment rate in the black community is higher than in the white community. In fact, it is higher than the national rate. Currently as usual, the media is helping our government to distort the facts about the unemployment rate in order for Obaman to win relection

    It is very sad, that in this hard times, our President is more concern about winning his re-election, than helping to put food on the table of the average Americans, who put him in office, because of his false proclamation of caring about the poor. He has raised over 300 million, on record for his relection. He wants to raise a billion in this hard times. If he really cares about the poor, he should donate both his campaign money from 2008 and the current one to the working poor in Americans. I will have more respect for him as a BLACK MAN, WHO SINCERELY CARES ABOUT THE POOR, AS HE PROFESSED IN HIS 2008 ELECTION

    And for your information Obama did not win the nomination based on the votes of the American People. The so called Super Delegates chose him. Just as the Supreme Court chose Bush in 2000.

    And Zimmerman was not arrested simply because he is white. Mr. Martin is dead, he is not here to defend himself. He should have been arrested and we let the court decide, his claim of self defense. This is the right thing to do. Not arresting him is the problem and a gross injustice to a dead boy and his family.

    According to the police report and all the people supporting Zimmerman, Mr, Zimmerman sustained injuries to his nose and his face and he was bleeding. On the other hand, on the Police's own video, there is not a single evidence of a broken and bleeding nose. If the police had arrested Zimmerman, took his picture and kept all the evidence to support his claim, we will not be having this conversation right now.

    How will any of you feel, if this 17 year old were you child, black ,or white? Won't you want justice and allow the court to decide Zimmerman's claim?

    As for me, I would!!

    April 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ol' Yeller

      You are absolutely right. Obama should give all his campaign donations to the poor and concede the election to Romney. If you truly are a black, divorced, unemployed mother (which I kind'a doubt) then Romney is certain to pass policies which will help you more than that evil Obama.
      Before that happens though, would you like to buy some magic beans?

      April 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug l.

      Here is a picture of the head injury.

      As far as the broken nose. The bone is inside the body, so with any broken bone only an x-ray can confirm. Kobe Bryant broke his nose at the all-star game this year in front of millions of people, but it was not confirmed untill they X-rayed him the next day.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wondering mind

      Just wondering.......u saying Obama haven't done anything for, but my question is what president has.... I dont think no one can do anything for u, ...... Why people blame the other people for their issues.....

      April 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saundra White

      Hello! President O'Bama did not cause the unemployment situation he inherited it. He has been working on fixing the problem we did not get in this situation over night and we will not get ourselves out overnight it will take time. We spent how much on the war? The USA did not send the troops on his watch, remember and how much had we spent before his watch. Jobs went overseas on whose watch under which commander in chief. I don't agree with all of O'bamas

      April 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ♚Mmmmm♛

    y'all better doooright florida...hurricane season is justah 'round dah corner...would hate t'see hurricaine karma come aknockin'...

    April 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Hurricane karma. Like katrina, lol million man march in the superdome, lol and the govt has to help us cuz we were too dumb to help ourselves, GOOD JOB BROWNIE! LOL

      April 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC


      April 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Doug l.

    "Reuters reporter Matthew Keys first posted scanned copies of the report to his Twitter account. As the Chicago Tribune noted, the report contains details that conflict with several rumors surrounding the case.

    The report states that George Zimmerman's gun "was placed into evidence" and not returned to him, and the scene of the shooting was secured with crime scene tape. This directly conflicts with statements made by civil rights activists, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, who had claimed the Sanford, Fla., police department "didn't even bother to put yellow tape around the murder scene when he died—that's how much the police did to find out what happened to this young boy."

    After officers discovered Martin's body, the report states that they unsuccessfully attempted to revive him.

    According to the report, Sanford police spent more than seven hours at the scene. They interviewed six witnesses, whose names were redacted from the report. The partial report contains information from the first two officers to arrive at the scene.
    "I attempted to get a response from the black male, but was met with negative results. At that time, Sgt. Raimondo arrived and attempted to get a pulse from the black male but none was found. At that time, Sgt. Raimondo and I turned the black male over and began CPR. Sgt. Raimondo did breaths and I did chest compressions."The scene was then secured with crime scene tape by Ofc. Mead and Ofc. Wagner. Ofc. Robertson began a crime scene contamination log. Lt. Taylor arrived on scene and notified dispatch to have Major Crimes responds to the scene."

    April 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Saundra White

    Doing the right thing would be to cut the bull and arrest Georgre Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin as they have already done in Tulsa Oklahoma, for the two responsible for the hate crime there over the weekend.

    April 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug l.

      Zimmerman could have followed Trayvon because he was black. And Trayvon could have followed Zimmerman back to where he parked and hit him simply because he was Latino. (minority defense goes both ways).

      April 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RB

    This is a bogus USDOJ case, and if its the last thing I do on this Planet Earth is to bring down the whole scam USDOJ system, Judges, Prosecutors, Lawyers. I want to see the whole scam USDOJ house of cards come crashing down, if its the last thing I do on this Planet Earth.

    April 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Federal case is not needed here it's a state issue.

      April 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TvNyC

    Tomorrow on April 10th 2012, George Zimmerman will be charged for murder of Trayvon Martin by the FBI. Rest in peace Trayvon.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DarkSkiesRBest

    A lot of what is being discussed really has little to do with the legal case of self defense. What happened prior to the first physical act does not matter much. If George has defensive wounds matching his story and Trayvon had none then it would be fairly clear who attacked who. They also have to try and determine if their was a fight over the gun.

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

      Correct, DarkSkies, whoever struck the first physical blow could well be the most legally relevant bit of information to be considered. It might also be something knowable only by the two people involved.

      I've almost lost track of which bits of info might be considered to be factual, or from a reliable source, but one report noted the police saying the pistol had not chambered another round after firing. If true, this doesn't seem very significant unless you wonder how, outside of a general pistol/ammo malfunction, this might occur. The only two causes I can think of in this case are if the pistol were pressed back against the body of the person holding it, or if someone were gripping the slide (top) of the pistol (as someone very close to the shooter might do). If the pistol situation is, indeed, a true bit of information, it might be another reason the police tended to believe Zimmerman's self-defense version of events.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right vs. Wrong"

    WOW!!! Bloggers know more of whats going on in this case than Zimmerman himself. Well I don't.
    But, if you wanted to sucessfully dust someone AND MAKE IT LOOK LIKE SELF DEFENSE:
    1. You could... cap your victim and place a knife in the victims hand, just because the eyewitnesses don't want to be in your line of fire and they didn't see anything.
    2. OR? You could cap your victim, then, after they're almost way dead, you wrap thier hand around your piece, to make it look like a sign of a struggle. Smart, but dirty.
    I'm not saying Zimmerman did this. I'm just saying, these are some of the the dirty tricks someone will pull to get your sympathy and "use" laws like stand your ground.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right vs. Wrong"

    Funny thing now that I think about it, but if ballistics came back with fresh set of Martins prints on the gun with Zimmermans almost non existent or severly smeared, then why isn"t Zimmerman the one with a slug in him?
    Going to be interesting..... 😉

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

    Hey, to you idiots who are talking about a jury.. not going to happen. Murder 1 CAN NOT HAPPEN without a GRAND JURY.. so now like I've said time and time again MANSLAUGHTER is the worse he can get....

    Now this isn't a republican thing... why are people making this politics? Why are people standing by letting the NEW BLACK PANTHERS call for the blood of white men with blond hair and blue "sometimes brown" eyes?

    I'm just saying the media has played this up enough. HISPANIC on BLACK crime and visa versa happens ALL THE TIME!! My question is where was the story of last months 5 black kids pouring gas on a white kid and setting it on fire?! CNN didn't report JACK on that......

    BIAS in the media.. if your black and shot by a guy as white as the president your a VICTIM of RACISM... no just a tool for ignorant people to get all wound up about!

    April 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DarkSkiesRBest

    I heard a rumor they were using a Ouija board to uncover clues in the case. 🙂

    April 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ♚Mmmmm♛

    ...every spring season poor earth tries to wash away these sinful atrocities and to rid the cystic pimples of society off the face of this earth...y'all not gonna be happy when the earth goes for a facial peel...this earth and all that is in it is supposed to glorify God not glorify evil men and their evil works...this glorification is built in earth processes where natural disasters will continue to multiply and magnify until the babel tower of evil men and their works are removed and the face of this earth once again reflect the glory of God...for it is written in the Bible about the murder of abel: "your brother's blood cries out to God from the soil"...trayvon is our brother...

    April 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
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