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Trayvon Martin shooting death won't go to Florida grand jury

In this March 9, 2010 photo, State Attorney Angela Corey listens to a victim's impact statement at the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla. Corey was named the special prosecutor in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Corey was once fired from her job as a prosecutor. She has a reputation for rarely using grand juries and has been accused of being too close with law enforcement. The Florida Times-Union/Bruce Lipsky

Angela Corey
The Florida Times-Union/Bruce Lipsky

(CBS/AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - Special prosecutor Angela Corey said Monday she will not take the Trayvon Martin shooting death before a grand jury.

Corey said she continues to investigate the case and will not involve a grand jury that had been set to meet Tuesday in Sanford, Fla.

Pictures: Trayvon Martin shooting

Corey said her decision to skip the grand jury shouldn't be considered a factor in determining whether charges will be filed against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who says he fatally shot the unarmed Martin in self-defense.

The announcement means the decision on charges now rests solely with Corey, who has a reputation for not presenting cases before grand juries if its not required. Under Florida law, only first-degree murder cases require the use of grand juries.

Corey took over the case last month after the prosecutor who normally handles cases out of Sanford recused himself. That prosecutor, Norm Wolfinger, had originally called for the case to be presented before a grand jury.

"From the moment she was assigned, Ms. Corey noted she may not need a grand jury," said a statement from Corey's office.

The 17-year-old Martin was killed Feb. 26 during a confrontation with Zimmerman in a gated community in Sanford.

Complete coverage of the Trayvon Martin case on CBS News


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