Jacksonville’s State Attorney, Angela Corey, has made the determination not to ask a grand jury to decide on potential charges against George Zimmerman. Corey, Special Prosecutor, appointed by Governor Rick Scott canceled the already scheduled Grand Jury. The previous prosecutor empaneled this Grand Jury, but Corey has decided to take a different approach. Corey has stated this does not affect her decision on whether or not charges are forthcoming.
This investigation stems from the February 26 shooting of Travyon Martin. According to Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman, Martin was shot in self-defense after attacking Zimmerman. Since the shooting, this highly publicized case has made national headlines, presidential speeches, the rise of a new Black Panther Party, and numerous allegations as to guilt of Zimmerman.
As a Ponte Vedra Criminal Defense Attorney and Attorneys everywhere this case has caught my attention and the impact it may have on future cases. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law has been placed into question and the outcome of this case has the potential to limit its impact. Under the law a person does not have a duty to retreat when faced with violence. Furthermore, the victim can use deadly force if necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury.
Due to the age and now, according to some, the race of the victim; Zimmerman’s claim of self defense has become under scrutiny. As this case progresses the understanding and limits of the law will be defined. If you should find yourself facing potential Ponte Vedra Criminal Offense and believe you acted in self defense, contact a Ponte Vedra Criminal Defense Lawyer today. I can review your case, make the proper determinations, and provide you with the best defense possible.