April 9, 2012
The special prosecutor appointed to investigate the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin said Monday that she had decided not to convene a grand jury in the case, which incited protests nationwide after the local authorities in Sanford, Fla., decided not to pursue charges against the crime watch volunteer who shot the unarmed teenager.
The prosecutor, State Attorney Angela Corey, who was appointed last month by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to investigate the shooting, said in a statement that her decision “should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case.”
Ms. Corey had previously said that summoning a grand jury might not be necessary, so the move was not entirely unexpected. Grand juries are typically called to investigate high-profile cases and politically sensitive matters.