Things are heating up in Florida. Special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as this afternoon that she’s filing charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official.
It isn’t yet known what exactly Zimmerman will be charged with.
Martin, 17, was shot and killed on February 26 by Zimmerman, who has maintained that he was acting in self-defense. Police in Sanford, Florida didn’t immediately charge Zimmerman, citing the state’s “stand your ground” law.
Corey told reporters last night that she would be holding a press conference about the case within 72 hours.
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for the Martin family, said this week that Corey’s office had asked where Trayvon’s parents would be each day this week.
The potential announcement of charges being filed against Zimmerman would come just one day after the neighborhood watch volunteer’s attorneys withdrew from the case, saying that they couldn’t reach their client.
Yesterday, lawyers Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig expressed concern over George Zimmerman’s emotional and physical state, saying he has taken actions without consulting them. They added that they don’t know where he is.
“You can stop looking in Florida,” Uhrig told told the media. “Look much further away than that.”
UPDATE: A law enforcement official tells Blippitt that an announcement of criminal charges against George Zimmerman is expected at approximatly 6 p.m. EDT.
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