Prosecutor Has ‘New Information’ In Trayvon Martin Death; Charges Possible

Florida state attorney Angela Corey, who is acting as a special prosecutor in the high-profile shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, has scheduled a 6 p.m. ET news conference to “release new information” regarding the case, her office just announced.

That word comes as several news outlets are saying they’ve been told by a law enforcement source that George Zimmerman is going to face criminal charges in connection with the Feb. 26 incident in Sanford, Fla. The Washington Post was the first organization to report that development.

The African-American teen’s death, which Zimmerman has told police was an act of self defense, has reignited the national conversation about race relations. Martin’s family and supporters contend he was a victim of racial profiling by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who had reported to police that he had seen a “suspicious” person in his neighborhood and had been following the boy’s movements.

The teenager’s family and their supporters also say local officials were too quick to believe Zimmerman’s explanation and to let him claim the protection of Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

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