In a statement, Benjamin Crump, the family’s attorney, said, “We are not surprised by this announcement and, in fact, are hopeful that a decision will be reached very soon to arrest George Zimmerman and give Trayvon Martin’s family the simple justice they have been seeking all along. The family has been patient throughout this process and asks that those who support them do the same during this very important investigation.”
Corey’s decision to forgo the grand jury puts pressure on herself. The decision of whether or not to prosecute George Zimmerman rests completely in her hands. Corey can file charges at any time based on her own investigation.
She’s not, by any means, required by law to hold a grand jury, which is required in a first-degree murder.
Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Corey to the case on March 23 after State Attorney Norm Wolfinger relieved himself. She’s said on numerous occasions that’s she not working on a timeline.
According to the NY Daily News, Corey says not to think of today’s news as an indicator of how the case will go. “The decision should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case,” she said in a statement.