JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case has decided not to use a grand jury in the teen's death investigation.
State Attorney Angela Corey said on Monday that the grand jury date, which was set to convene on Tuesday, was previously scheduled by the former prosecutor.
"The decision should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case," Corey said in a news release.
"We are not surprised by this announcement and, in fact, are hopeful that a decision will be reached very soon to arrest George Zimmerman and give Trayvon Martin's family the simple justice they have been seeking all along," Martin family attorney Ben Crump said. "The family has been patient throughout this process and asks that those who support them do the same during this very important investigation."
Martin family attorney Natalie Jackson said she's not surprised Corey won't use a grand jury and that the family is relieved about Corey's decision.
"We feel that an arrest will be made in this case and we feel that the right thing to do is make an arrest as opposed to passing it off to the grand jury," Jackson said. "The Martin family, they've been very patient so far. They've been prayerful that they will eventually get simple justice."
Corey, who was assigned the case March 22, had previously said she may not need a grand jury.
Even though Corey said the decision doesn't determine a particular outcome, Jackson said it gives the Martin family hope that Zimmerman will eventually be charged.
"They are praying people, and they do believe that eventually justice will be served and that means Zimmerman will be arrested and he will apace a jury of his peers," Jackson said.
Martin, 17, was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman on Feb. 26. Zimmerman, 28, has not been arrested in Martin's death, claiming he shot the teen in self-defense.
The investigation into Martin's death is ongoing. The family's attorneys said the Martins want to remind their supporters to be peaceful and patient.
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