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George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin shooting, official says

Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation.

It was not immediately clear what charge Zimmerman will face.

Martin, 17 and unarmed, was shot and killed Feb. 26 by Zimmerman, who said he was acting in self-defense. Police in Sanford, Fla., where the shooting took place, did not charge Zimmerman, citing the state’s “stand your ground” law.

Corey told reporters Tuesday night that she would hold a news conference about the case within 72 hours. A news release from her office said the event will be held in Sanford or Jacksonville, Fla.

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 attorneys 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.
fightingwords 11th-Apr-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
I'm putting money on Peru, where his mother is from.
mirhanda 11th-Apr-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
Would he be able to go there without a passport though? I'm hoping so hard that he's like the great majority of Americans and doesn't have a passport.
chibi_lurrel 11th-Apr-2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
You need a passport to get to Peru, and the US doesn't (or didn't) allow dual-citizenship, so.
mirhanda 11th-Apr-2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
You can be a dual citizen though. The U.S. might not recognize it, but they can't keep other countries from recognizing it. It depends on Peru's laws about it. (My husband is foreign so we had to learn a lot about this stuff)
chibi_lurrel 11th-Apr-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
As he's American-born, he doesn't have automatic citizenship unless his mother has declared him a Peruvian citizen before his 18th birthday at a Peruvian consulate. If not, he'd have to live there for 2 years to get it (My mother's from Lima).
mirhanda 11th-Apr-2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping she didn't!
13chapters 11th-Apr-2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
This US allows dual citizenship. There's stuff in my US passport telling me what to do if I am a dual citizen and get in trouble abroad. That seems like pretty clear recognition that people are dual citizens.
pepsquad 11th-Apr-2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
probably he would, especially if the US doesn't ask them to not let him in. he just needs to prove his mom is a citizen and a lot of Latin American countries have "family citizenship" i know my family has benefited form a similar situation in europe.
leaf_kunoichi 11th-Apr-2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
It doesn't cost that much for a forged passport/ID.

Not saying that is what he did just that if one wants to disappear it isn't that costly or difficult.
chaya 11th-Apr-2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
Does he still have family in Virginia? Isn't that where he lived before he moved to Florida?
fightingwords 11th-Apr-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
Welp. He's in custody now.
kaowolfie 11th-Apr-2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thank heaven. x.x I really wasn't expecting him to be found so fast.
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