According to statement released today by State Attorney Angela Corey, who is handling the controversial case of the death of Trayvon Martin, a grand jury will not decide the fate of George Zimmerman and whether he will be charged for shooting the teen.
The special prosecutor, who was appointed by Florida Gov Rick Scott, insists that she simply does not need the grand jury, which has the power to force witnesses to testify.
According to a report by CBS News, the statement said that the decision “should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case.”
Monday’s statement said that the investigation continues, and declined further comment.
The decision to press charges now rests solely with Corey, whose reputation was to not present cases before grand juries if not required under state law. (In Florida grand juries are only required in cases of first-degree murder.)
In a statement, an attorney for the Martin family said it was “not surprised” by the announcement, but remained hopeful that a decision to arrest George Zimmerman will be reached soon.
”The family has been patient throughout this process and asks that those who support them do the same during this very important investigation,” said attorney Benjamin Crump.”
Zimmerman, 28, has not been arrested in the 17-year-old’s death, claiming self defense.
But the big question remains: Is this a good or a bad move, and will justice prevail?