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article imageDecision on charges in Trayvon Martin shooting expected this week

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By Marcus Hondro     Apr 9, 2012 in Crime
A group of demonstrators have marched to the police station Sanford, Fl., and are chanting and carrying 'We are Trayvon Martin' signs as they await a decision on whether the man who shot Martin dead, George Zimmerman, will be charged.
The decision from a special prosecutor, Angela Corey may come this week. Corey could have ruled one of three ways: files charges, drop the case or send it to a grand jury; the grand jury option appears to be off the table, however. The shooting of the 17-year-old Martin by the 28-year-old Zimmerman occurred Feb. 26.
Monday afternoon Corey ruled out a grand jury, saying her office does "a thorough investigation. We make that decision ourselves." She said she's never used a Grand Jury to decide a case. A grand jury had been set to convene Tuesday, but that jury was called by the "former prosecutor" and Corey's office issued a statement which read that any decision there "should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case." Later in the day, the convening of that jury was cancelled and the decision is now fully in the hands of Corey.
Trayvon Martin demonstrators at Sanford police department
The marchers, mostly students, are calling themselves the 'Dream Defenders' and CNN reports that six of their number are wearing hoodies, as Martin was the night of his death, and are blocking the entrance to the police department. The demonstrators began their march on Friday some 40 miles away in Daytona Beach, with their number growing as the march progressed.
Their number has been estimated now as "thousands" and the Sanford police department issued a statement which said that due to the demonstration the station would be closed to the public for the day, but that normal duties would be continuing.
To date, Corey has given little information out on how her and her team are going about gathering information to make their decision. It is not known if they have interviewed George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is on record as saying he would like to tell his side of the story but is fearful of revealing his whereabouts due to death threats.
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