Grand jury to probe Trayvon Martin shooting

Protesters have demanded an investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin

(CBS/AP) SANFORD, Fla. - A grand jury will hear evidence in the death of Trayvon Martin, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

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According to the newspaper, the Seminole County State's Attorney office, which had been handed the case by Sanford police, announced Tuesday morning that it was investigating the incident and would convene a grand jury on April 10 to hear evidence in the shooting that has sparked national controversy.

Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot to death by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman, 28, on the evening of Feb. 26 as he was walking back to the house of his father's fiance from a store. Zimmerman has claimed he shot Martin in self defense and Sanford police declined to press charges against him. The department turned the investigation over to the state attorney's office last week.

The Department of Justice is also looking into Martin's death and whether Zimmerman's actions violated Martin's civil rights.

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton is expected to join Sanford city leaders in a Tuesday evening town hall meeting to discuss the investigation.

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