Finally? George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin shooting

by Hauwa Gambo

The Washington Post is reporting that Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce this evening (Nigerian time) that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a race-tinged incident that has captured the world’s attention.

(Watch the 2face Idibia tribute to Martin HERE)

This was revealed by a law enforcement official close to the investigation. The prosecutor had told reporters yesterday that she would hold a news conference about the case within 72 hours .

The black American teenager, unarmed, was shot and killed on February 26 by Zimmerman, who said he was acting in self-defense. Previously, police in Sanford, Florida, where the shooting took place, said they would not charge Zimmerman, pointing to the state’s “stand your ground” law.
(See the Piers Morgan-Toure debate over the incident HERE)
According to the report:

Benjamin Crump, who is representing the Martin family, said this week that Corey’s office had asked where Trayvon’s parents would be each day this week. They arrived Wednesday in Washington for a civil rights conference organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton, where they are scheduled to speak.

The announcement of a charge against Zimmerman would come a day after Zimmerman’s lawyers withdrew from the case, citing their inability to contact Zimmerman.

Lawyers Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig on Tuesday expressed concern about Zimmerman’s emotional and physical well-being, saying he has taken actions without consulting them. They also said they do not know where Zimmerman is.

“You can stop looking in Florida,” Uhrig told reporters. “Look much further away than that.”

Corey said Monday that she would not bring the case before a grand jury, which was expected to convene this week. She said her decision to forgo the grand jury should not be viewed as a factor in determining whether charges will be filed.

Corey has indicated in recent weeks that she might not need a grand jury to bring charges against Zimmerman.

The lawyers said they stand by their assertions that Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he killed the 17-year-old, who was unarmed, but they acknowledged that they formed their impressions without meeting Zimmerman.

No word yet on what Zimmerman will be charged with.


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