Gov. picks new prosecutor in Trayvon investigation
Sanford police chief, Wolfinger both involved in not charging Zimmerman
Florida's governor has appointed a new prosecutor to oversee the investigation into last month's shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.
Gov. Rick Scott late Thursday appointed Angela B. Corey to oversee the investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin.
"The governor called me late this afternoon and I accepted his request and we will begin tomorrow to look into the facts and circumstances in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin," Corey told Local 6's sister station, WJXT in Jacksonville.
She is the prosecutor for the Jacksonville area. Scott said this came after the local prosecutor for the central Florida county where the shooting happened, Norman Wolfinger, volunteered to recuse himself.
Corey said she has been prosecuting homicides for the past 25 years of her 30 year career and she and her staff will head down to Sanford Friday.
"It requires a thorough investigation, extensive interviews of every witness and extensive review of all evidence," Corey said. "And then a determination of how we apply Florida's law to the facts of any case."
Martin's parents have complained that the 28-year-old shooter, George Zimmerman, has not been charged after he claimed self-defense.
Scott also appointed a task force led by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to hold hearings about the Feb. 26 shooting and make recommendations for changing state laws and procedures.
The death has sparked nationwide protests, however Corey said she will not let that affect her investigation, or if it comes to it, a trial.
"Part of the problem is, as much as we love the public's interest and media's interest, one of the reasons we lay cases out fact by fact in front of jury is sometimes that's the only way for people to understand it," Corey said.
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