Trayvon Martin Case: No Grand Jury On Zimmerman Charges
Family remains hopeful, as special prosecutor indicates she’ll make her own charging decision
A grand jury will not be convened to decide on charges for George Zimmerman, according to the office of Florida state attorney Angela Corey.
Corey, who was appointed by the state’s governor to investigate the shooting death of 17-year-old Miami student Trayvon Martin, released a statement cautioning concerned parties not to read too much into the announcement.
“The decision should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case,” Corey’s office said in a statement. “At this time, the investigation continues and there will be no further comment from this office.”
That means it will be entirely up to Corey whether Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, who confessed to the shooting and claimed self-defense, will face charges or remain free.
After Corey's announcement, the teen’s family said it remains hopeful that charges will be filed against Zimmerman and that he will be arrested.
“We want a very public trial so the evidence can come out and show people that the justice system works for everybody,” said the family’s attorney Ben Crump.
Through CNN contributor Roland Martin, Crump also said the family believes there is enough evidence for Zimmerman’s arrest on probable cause.
The announcement came as the “Dream Defenders” ended a 40-mile march from Daytona Beach to Sanford on Monday morning. The group of Florida college students staged a sit-in at the police department, which forfeited its jurisdiction over the investigation of the case, after sharp criticism over how it initially handled the case.