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. Leo818

    How is this for irony? A Black woman being interviewed the other day on CNN commented about the 1% of Blacks who commit the majority of crimes in the country causing people to stereotype Blacks as criminals. She didn't bother to mention that the same idea would apply to gun owners, Muslims, or a bucket load of other groups. Bias is bias, plain and simple.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James Michael

    Since there is no provision for CNN to show all the responses it gets to any given subject, obviously CNN continues its selective publishing of public opinion in the manner that best serves its own agenda, and withiut regard to a balanced and honest reflection of its viewers/readers.

    Welcome to free America, not.

    April 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tami ramos

    I could have bet someone millions when this all first started that there would be no justice for this child. This case was decided the day it happened. I hope I never send my granddaughter to the store and she gets shot dead buying candy, no wait Im sorry I will never let my granddaughter walk alone to the store again in her lifetime. This was a racist killing. I am irish-italian and my family tried to raise me to think that way, I fought it every step of the way...I am a mother of three boys and my family of extended sons vary in race. My granddaughter is puerto rican. Never will she walk alone again. This message the Florida court system, prosecutors, FBI etc... are sending out the message loud and clear they only look out for thier own and screw whoever gets in the way. My prayers and thought go out to Trayvon's family, you are in a hopeless situation and that is shameful.

    April 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Holmes

      You are clueless

      April 10, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ tami ramos:
      Your post must have been written by a clever, psychologically aware troll as a joke.
      Almost nobody is as whining and stupid as you appear to be from that pathetic attempt to induce guilt and to draw undeserved attention to yourself.
      You can carry on about what might happen to your little granddaughter if she goes to the store alone, and you may carry a sign reading, "JUSTICE FOR MY POOR LITTLE GRANDDAUGHTER," but I will only laugh at you, as will most thinking humans.
      You disgust me completely.

      April 10, 2012 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Shizzle

    That's bull I go down their with tea n skittles know and I dare a Mexican fool who think he white to try me

    April 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Leviathan

    Does anyone actually care about this?

    April 10, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. panther

    Ok enough is enough lets quit crucifying this man and get all the facts before we all began to rant over this case. Yes, it is sad this young boy died over what APPEARS to be a wrongful death but how many young black men die each day and will never see the amount of attention as this boy. The media has played a devlish role in that it has placed everyone against this man Zimmerman without all the facts. The media has casted a guilty verdict before this case can be heard in court. Havent we all heard innocent until proven guilty but as the media portrays this case guilty until proven innocent. This man deserves his day in court and to have his testimony heard but now that this case has become a national media circus this man may not be able to get the justice he deserves. The media along with many Americans are marching but what are they really marching for; the death of this boy or because he was killed at the hands of a man whom posseses a different color. Let's all be honest with one another and take this for what it truly is a case of racism.

    April 10, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. John

    Anyone else notice that the hit counter on the Zimmerman site is all over the place? It changes up and down by a lot every time you view the front page.

    April 10, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. SafeJourney

    Zimmerman will be arrested soon.

    April 10, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Darren in kc


    April 10, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Darren in kc

    Corruption at its finest!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Guilty walk free as the innocent are locked away without hope!! Free world.ha ha.good luck believing that.

    April 10, 2012 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Blah

    Most here have no right to say anything. Because you don't know anything beyond what you hear or read. Let the people involved speak there voices. For the rest shut up.

    April 10, 2012 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I'll be amazed if the shooting of a white teenager ever gets this much attention.

    April 10, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    What on earth are skittles, anyway?
    I would never eat anything like that, and nobody that I know would.

    April 10, 2012 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I just googled "Skittles."
    Sugar. A rainbow of calories...get it?
    What the Lord or Lady High Special Prosecutor ought to investigate is whether Zimmerman bought stock in Wrigley, the maker of Skittles, just prior to the shooting death of the innocent child.
    Knowing that professional race-tension activists would probably whip this happening into the colourful frenzy that it now is, prompting protest runs on stores' Skittles supplies, Zimmerman may have plotted to make a killing (pun) by driving up his stock. If the L.H. Special Prosecutor discovers that the child slayer also invested in the stock of hoodie makers, Florida can bring its malfunctioning old electric chair out of mothballs and televise Zimmerman's frying demonstration.
    I always loved the Wrigley Building in Chicago.

    April 10, 2012 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheryl ©™

      Joey, please! You're being simply awful!
      Show some respect!
      Don't you realize that we're talking about a possibly racially motivated shooting death of an innocent child?
      We are also talking about the possible perhaps-racially-motivated murder of tami ramos's precious granddaughter if the poor thing is ever let out of the house alone, perhaps just for the simple fact that she desired to purchase a container of Skittles?
      Joey, you really have to get your priorities in order!
      Don't you realize how many votes this racial tension will bring back to your–YOUR, mind you–candidate Obama's campaign from African-American voters who are showing less interest in him since he failed to make jobs for them?
      Joey–get with the program, man!
      Wake up, smell the coffee, and help Al and Jesse get out the vote!
      PS; Oops, pardon me–I meant to say "President" Obama, not just the disrespectful "Obama." Why, yes, I surely did.
      Where's my red bikini...

      April 10, 2012 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sheryl ©™

    Oh, maybe they didn't want those jobs anyway.
    It's all good.
    Money, I mean.

    April 10, 2012 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
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