Zimmerman to be charged: Washington Post reports


A photograph of Trayvon Martin is held at a news conference at City Hall today in New York City where City Council members and others called for justice in the teenagers Feb 26 killing.


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Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to charge George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the Washtington Post reported. According to the Post, a law enforcement official close to the investigation said that Corey will hold a news conference about the charges this afternoon. It is not yet clear what exact charges Zimmerman will face. 

CBS News confirmed Wednesday that Zimmerman will be charged.

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Corey told reporters on Tuesday night that she plans to hold a press conference about the case within 72 hours, the Associated Press and other news organizations reported. The news came soon after Zimmerman's attorneys announced that they were quitting the case, MSNBC reported

"On Sunday, we lost track of George, in that he would not return our calls," Zimmerman's attorney told the Orlando Sentinel.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot and killed Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman claimed he was acting in self defense. Sanford police did not charge Zimmerman, citing Florida's controversial "stand your ground law."

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Corey said Monday that she would not bring the case to a grand jury. 

Benjamin Crump, an attorney representing the Martin family, told the Washington Post that Corey’s office had asked where Martin’s parents would be each day this week. 

See our complete Trayvon Martin case coverage.