Special Prosecutor will not present Martin case to grand jury
At least one law enforcement official in America is keeping a level head over the Martin shooting.
The case was expected to be taken up as early as Tuesday by a grand jury.
But special prosecutor Angela Corey said Monday she will not bring the case before a grand jury.
Corey said she continues to investigate the case, and that her decision to skip the grand jury should not be a factor in determining whether charges will be filed against Zimmerman, the Associated Press reports.
The decision now rests with Corey, who would provide no further comment. Corey has two choices left, according to CNN: File charges or drop the case.
Corey previously told CNN she has never used a grand jury to decide on charges in a justifiable homicide case.
"We do a thorough investigation. We make that decision ourselves," she told the network.
Under Florida law, only first-degree murder cases must be presented before a grand jury.
Corey has handled hundreds of homicide cases involving the justifiable use of deadly force, which makes her an apt prosecutor for the case, according to the AP.
She is also known for her tough tactics, in the past locking up criminals for long sentences and making it hard to negotiate plea bargains.
Corey might have passed on her responsibility and presented to the grand jury, leaving them with the option to indict. The fact that she didn't doesn't indicate her feelings about the case either way, but shows a level headed approach to the case that should assure Mr. Zimmerman that he won't be railroaded as a result of the high emotions generated by shooting death of Mr. Martin.