Trayvon Martin Case Will Not Go to Grand Jury; Both Sides Await Decision on George Zimmerman

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The special prosecutor investigating the shooting death of Trayvon Martin ruled out using a grand jury in the case, meaning her office alone will decide whether or not to charge the teenager's killer, George Zimmerman, with a crime.

Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Angela Corey, a seasoned state attorney based in Jacksonville, to take over the Trayvon Martin case as special prosecutor.

"State Attorney Angela Corey has decided not to use a grand jury in the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation," her office said in a statement.

"At this time, the investigation continues and there will be no further comment." It's very much unclear when a decision will be reached in the case.

  • Trayvon Martin, Hoodie
  • George Zimmerman Picture

Martin's death has captured national attention because of racial profiling and Florida's controversial self-defense laws, prompting demonstrations across the U.S.

The unarmed Martin, 17, was black and Zimmerman, 28, the neighborhood watchman who has not been charged with a crime, is white and Hispanic.

A demonstration Monday temporarily shut down the police department in Sanford, Fla., the epicenter of the case and where the shooting took place.

Sanford police declined to arrest Zimmerman after the shooting, saying they found no evidence to contradict his account that he acted in self-defense.

Police cited Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force against adversaries when they fear great bodily harm or death.

But defense lawyers with experience litigating "Stand Your Ground" say Zimmerman, will face a tough challenge to assert immunity under that law.

If the special prosecutor does not charge Zimmerman, some fear that the escalating racial tension could boil over into full-blown rioting in Florida.

Meanwhile, the man at the center of the storm has launched a website.

Zimmerman warns about various online groups that falsely claim to be raising funds for his defense, and has started soliciting donations for himself.

"I am the real George Zimmerman," declares the website.

"On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage," he writes.

"As a result of the incident and media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life."

"This website's sole purpose is to ensure my supporters that they are receiving my full attention without going through any intermediaries."

In addition to the controversies over race and Stand Your Ground, the case - in the eyes of many - has become the poster child for media bias.

Zimmerman, despite his highly questionable actions, remains free and is innocent until proven guilty, yet has been vilified from day one.

NBC's editing of the Trayvon Martin 911 call was the most glaring example.

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To the real florence barnes, don't act rude. Get a life before you start slamming people over things.

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With everything changing with this story, it's a perfect example of how ridiculous the media is. Some things made me think "wow well now I wonder.." but to many things to me add up to Zimmerman not really doing this in self defense..and if Trayvon did attack him, which I personally doubt, I don't blame him because if someone was following me i'd probably freak out and defend myself..so maybe they both defended themselves in fear of harm and just turned out bad, never know. I just know the media has screwed the story up so bad, i'm not all that sure it was racial.

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I think this story is heartbreaking. Treyvon was found guilty before proven innocent, and now so is Zimmerman. I don't know what happened that night-I wasn't there- but two lives are ruined, as well as the families' lives. It is a tragedy.

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@ The REAL Florence Barnes---No, no...don't encourage your "cheap facsimile" to embark on a career in TV journalism. There's enough media scum to do that job...it would only be OVERKILL!!!!

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to Florence #2/ that was cute. With your skills you should put a job app. with NBC.

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Sorry for my last comment, I just think that Zimmerman should be put in jail. National hoodie day is a little weird. Sooooo sorry for what I said last time.

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Bullshit this guy deserves due process. Self defense lie went out the window as he FOLLOWED this BOY and shot.. I support gun rights and people protecting their home but not chasing someone down and killing them down the street. Any gangster in the city can say "Guy was up to no good so I shot him and Im innocent cuz he looked threatening???" Our bullshit system doesnt charge this man with murder as it truly was...bewildering really. People defending it as gun rights or safety rights look like fools.

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Let's see if I have this straight: 911 dispatcher---What is he wearing? Zimmerman-- A hoodie. As a result-- it's NATIONAL HOODIE DAY! let's thank god he wasn't pushing a wheel barrel. what a country.

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Thank you for your unbiased story. I really liked the fact that you used 2 recent photos of both men as opposed to a pic of a 10-year-old next to an overweight man wearing county orange.

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thats so crazy that the situation happen and now the controversy overall that nothing is changed or no one was arrested.Thats just my opinion.

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