Trayvon Martin Prosecutor: Investigation Continues, No Grand Jury
Filed by KOSU News in US News.
April 9, 2012
The special prosecutor investigating the Feb. 26 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin announced this morning she will not be taking the case to a grand jury this week.
Her investigation continues and the decision regarding use of a grand jury — which she had previously indicated she might not employ — shouldn’t be viewed as an indication of whether charges will or will not eventually be brought, State Attorney Angela Corey said in a statement released by her office, according to The Orlando Sentinel.
Martin, 17, was killed by 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman says he shot the teenager in self defense. Martin’s family and supporters say evidence that Zimmerman followed the boy indicates Martin was a victim of racial profiling, and that local authorities should have arrested the shooter. The case has sparked a national conversation about race and racial profiling.
The Associated Press adds that:
“The announcement means the decision on charges now rests solely with Corey, who had a reputation for not presenting cases before grand juries if it wasn’t required. Under Florida law, only first-degree murder cases require the use of grand juries.”
[Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]