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this handout provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Office, George
Zimmerman poses for a mug shot in this 2005 booking photo in
Florida. (Orange County Sheriff's Office)
Updated 3:15 PM ET
CBS News has confirmed that neighborhood watch volunteer George
Zimmerman will be charged in the February shooting death of unarmed
teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
Angela Corey is scheduled to hold a news conference at 6 p.m. Wednesday
at the state attorney's office in Jacksonville, Florida related to the
According to a senior law
enforcement official, Corey is expected to announce that Zimmerman will
face state charges. The number or nature of the charges was not
Zimmerman says he shot Martin in
self-defense after following the teenager in a Sanford gated community
outside Orlando on Feb. 26. He said he was returning to his truck when
Martin attacked him and that he shot the unarmed teen during the fight.
He was briefly held by police but was not arrested, in part because of
Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law.
lack of an arrest has led to protests across the nation and spurred a
debate about race and the laws of self-defense. Zimmerman's father is
white and his mother is Hispanic. Martin was black.
Tuesday, Zimmerman's attorneys announced they were no longer
representing him and that they had not heard from him since Sunday,
although he had contacted talk show host Sean Hannity and the special
"As of the last couple days, he has not
returned phone calls, text messages or emails," attorney Craig Sonner
said. "He's gone on his own. I'm not sure what he's doing or who he's
However, the person with knowledge of the
case said law enforcement knows where Zimmerman is. His former attorneys
have said he is in hiding and suffering from high levels of stress from
the intense public scrutiny he is under.
Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Justice Department
will take appropriate action in the killing of Trayvon Martin if it
finds evidence that a federal criminal civil rights crime has been
Holder said the department will conduct a
thorough and independent review of the evidence in the Martin matter.
One of the department's top priorities, said Holder, is preventing and
combating youth violence and victimization.
The Justice Department launched an investigation of the Martin killing three weeks ago.
know that many of you are greatly — and rightly — concerned about the
recent shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a young man whose
future has been lost to the ages," Holder told the 14th annual
convention of the National Action Network, three days of discussion on
race issues. Martin's parents were scheduled to hold a news conference
Wednesday afternoon at the meeting.
"If we find evidence
of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take
appropriate action," said the attorney general. "I also can make you
another promise: that at every level of today's Justice Department —
preventing and combating youth violence and victimization is, and will
continue to be, a top priority."
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