SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The special prosecutor leading the investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a neighborhood watch volunteer is known for her tough tactics aimed at locking up criminals for long sentences.
57-year-old Angela Corey has handled hundreds of homicide cases involving the justifiable use of deadly force — experience that could prove invaluable.
Corey has decided to charge 28-year-old George Zimmerman with second degree murder after the investigation into the murder warranted the charges. Zimmerman said he was defending himself when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a scuffle. Martin was unarmed as he walked from a convenience store on Sunday Feb. 26.
The case has become a racial flashpoint with protesters across the nation calling for justice for Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman’s father is white, his mother Hispanic.
Zimmerman is being held without bail. Judge Mark E. Herr said he found probable cause to move ahead with the case and that an arraignment would be held on May 29 before another judge.