Sari Horwitz reports for the Washington Post, April 11, 2012, that Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as this afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation.
It was not immediately clear what charge Zimmerman will face.
Corey’s office released a statement saying it would hold a news conference “to release new information regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla.
A day ago, Zimmerman’s attorneys had withdrawn from the case, citing their inability to contact Zimmerman. Lawyers Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig expressed concern about Zimmerman’s emotional and physical well-being, saying he has taken actions without consulting them. They also said they do not know where Zimmerman is, but that he’s not in Florida.
But the lawyers said they stand by their assertions that Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he killed the 17-year-old, who was unarmed, but they acknowledged that they formed their impressions without meeting Zimmerman.
Meanwhile, moments before news came that the prosecutor will charge Zimmerman, Rush Limbaugh said Obama and officials in his administration are intentionally stoking racial chaos in America in connection with the Trayvon Martin case: “There’s no question that the White House wants this kind of chaos and unrest in the culture.”