Special Prosecutor Angela Corey just announced that she is charging George Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder. Zimmerman has admitted to killing the teen victim, Trayvon Martin 44 days ago in Sanford, Florida. Martin was on his way home when George Zimmerman decided that the black teen was “acting suspiciously.” Trayvon had in his hands Skittles™ and iced tea. George Zimmerman had a gun. George called the police and was told not to pursue Trayvon. He did not listen and soon afterwards he shot Trayvon. Prosecutor Corey was impressive in her concern for “justice for Trayvon.” She has a large legal team behind her which has accumulated and analyzed the evidence and will work toward bringing the case to trial. After this press conference, Al Sharpton had a press conference in Washington, DC along with Trayvon’s parents. Rev. Sharpton told the public “no gloating. No high-fives. This is not a night for celebration.” Benjamin Crump, the Martin family attorney, thanked all the Americans for their support, signing petitions, etc. He singled out the young people who inspired by the concept of justice [sic]. Mr. Crump said that from day one he believed that the evidence required that George Zimmerman should be arrested. “That is all the Martin family wanted… This is only first base.” He ended by saying that Trayvon’s legacy requires that there be no acts of violence and that, like Trayvon’s parents, we all let the system play out. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, and his father, Tracy Martin thanked everyone and expressed gratitude that their minimum wish had been accomplished. Attorney Crump’s partner, Attorney Parks spoke, also. He thanked Angela Corey and her team and the countless people who have been involved in seeking justice for Trayvon Martin. Credit for bringing this case to national attention was given to Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network which is holding a convention in Washington. A call was made for this case to be the start of a movement. The call was made for an additional one million new voters in November. Young voters will be the key to change in laws like “Stand Your Ground.”
- Trayvon’s Parents Hopeful for Justice (theroot.com)
- UPDATE: George Zimmerman To Be Charged In Trayvon Martin Shooting, Official Says (annem040359.wordpress.com)
- State Official Says George Zimmerman Will Be Charged In Trayvon Martin Shooting (allhiphop.com)
State Attorney Angela Corey, appointed as a special prosecutor in the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, has decided against sending the case to a grand jury, her office said Monday. [It was a date from previous state attorney.]
“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,” the statement said.
- Special Prosecutor Won’t Send Trayvon Martin Death to Grand Jury (newsfeed.time.com)
- Special prosecutor will not use grand jury in Trayvon Martin investigation (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- State Attorney Decides Against Using Grand Jury In Trayvon Martin Case (mediaite.com)
- No grand jury in Trayvon Martin case (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Trayvon Martin death won’t go to Fla. grand jury (thenewstribune.com)