Charges coming in Trayvon Martin death
(AP) – A law enforcement official says that charges are being filed in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The official with knowledge of the investigation says a prosecutor will announce charges against George Zimmerman on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Zimmerman’s arrest is also expected soon.
The official didn’t know the charge and spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information. The official said that authorities know where Zimmerman is.
Zimmerman has asserted since the Feb. 26 killing that he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense after the two fought. The case has sparked protests and calls for Zimmerman’s arrest.
A factor in the pace of the probe has been Florida’s so-called stand your ground law, which gives people wide latitude to claim self-defense in a killing and other altercations.
Before there was word today that charges would be coming against George Zimmerman, the parents of Trayvon Martin renewed their calls for calm. Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton says she knows “justice will be served” in her son’s death.
Fulton and Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin spoke at a news conference in Washington, where Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier that he would take appropriate action if evidence of a civil rights crime is found in the shooting.