Florida special prosecutor, Angela Corey plans to announce criminal charges against George Zimmeran, Wednesday afternoon, a law enforcement official told NBC News.
The charges weren’t immediately known, but first-degree murder is not an option because the case wasn’t presented to a grand jury.
Back in February, George shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, in Sanford, Florida. He was briefly held by police, but released because he claimed self-defense and Florida has a “stand your ground” self-defense law.
Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, is anticipating the announcement. “It’s 44 days later, and George Zimmerman is still walking free,” he said at a news conference during the 14th annual National Action Network convention in Washington. “It’s 44 days later, and my son is in a mausoleum.”
Trayvon’s parents’ attorney Benjamin Crump has asked for the public’s reaction to be “peaceful and responsible” and he hopes that “nothing gets out of hand.”
The attorney pointed out that Trayvon’s family has remained calm and we all should too. “They are such a good example of keeping your composure,” Benjamin said. “If they can continue to carry themselves in a dignified manner, we all should.”
The Justice Department has also launched an investigation into Trayvon’s shooting death.
“I know that many of you are greatly and rightly concerned about the recent shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a young man whose future has been lost to the ages,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said at the convention. “If we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take appropriate action. I can also make you another promise: that at every level of today’s Justice Department—preventing and combating youth violence and victimization is, and will continue to be a top priority.