Special prosecutor Angela Corey has said she doesn’t need a Grand Jury to help her decide on whether or not Zimmerman should be tried for killing Tryavon Martin. Ms. Corey, is known forher iron first when it comes to juvenile. As head prosecutor for the state’s largest city, Ms. Corey, 57, doubled the number of juveniles who were charged as adults for their crimes.
The grand jury had been set to convene Tuesday to begin deciding Zimmerman’s fate. Corey gave no indication as to how long her investigation would take. “At this time, the investigation continues and there will be no further comment from this office,” Ms. Corey said. What’s you take on this part of the decision to prosecute George Zimmerman?
The special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case will not call a grand jury and will accept lone responsibility for deciding whether the teen’s killer, George Zimmerman, is charged in the shooting.
State Attorney Angela Corey, who was appointed by Florida Gov Rick Scott, said in a statement Monday that she did not need the grand jury to determine whether Zimmerman committed a crime during the February 26, incident.
Corey said she simply does not need the grand jury, which has the power to force witnesses to testify.
Tens of thousands of people have rallied across the country to demand Zimmerman be prosecuted. He claimed he killed the 17-year-old in self defense and has never been arrested.
She said her choice not to convene a grand jury has nothing to do with the outcome of her investigation.
‘The decision should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case,’ Corey said.
In Florida, prosecutors usually decide for themselves whether to filed charges against suspects. However, they often defer to grand juries, a panel a citizens, to determine how to proceed in especially complex or controversial cases.
Angela Corey, who holds George Zimmerman’s fate in her hands, is no stranger to controversy.
As head prosecutor for the state’s largest city, Corey, 57, doubled the number of juveniles who were charged as adults for their crimes.
She has consistently been under fire in the emotionally-charged prosecution of 12-year-old Cristian Fernandez.
In 2011, she decided to charge the boy as an adult in the killing of his two-year-old brother.
Corey said the juvenile system was not adequate to handle the case and said she didn’t plan to seek a life sentence.
The case is still ongoing and Cristian is awaiting trial.
Since she was assigned to the Trayvon Martin case March 22, she said she likely would not use a grand jury.
The previous prosecutor, Seminole County State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, had called for the grand jury before he stepped aside.
In an interview with the Miami Herald last month, Corey said: ‘I always lean towards moving forward without needing the grand jury in a case like this.
‘I foresee us being able to make a decision, and move on it on our own.’
Zimmerman, 28, was serving as a neighborhood watch volunteer at a gated community in Sanford, Florida, when he spotted Trayvon walking back to the home of his father’s girlfriend.
He called 911 to report that the teen, who is black, looked suspicious and got out of his car to follow him through the streets.
Zimmerman says Trayvon approached him then sucker-punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground.
Zimmerman told police he only shot the unarmed teen after Trayvon climbed on top of him and began bashing his head into the sidewalk.
Under Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, Zimmerman was questioned but not arrested because he claimed that he was afraid Trayvon would kill or severely injure him.
The grand jury had been set to convene Tuesday to begin deciding Zimmerman’s fate. Corey gave no indication as to how long her investigation would take.
‘At this time, the investigation continues and there will be no further comment from this office,’ Corey said.
Zimmerman remains in hiding after receiving death threats, according to family members.