George Zimmerman will be charged in Trayvon Martin shooting, according to multiple reports

April 11th, 2012 by Staff – The Washington Post reports George Zimmerman will be charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. CBS News and The Associated Press have since confirmed that report.

Citing a law enforcement official close to the investigation, the Post said special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging Zimmerman.

The Associated Press reports an announcement will be made at 6 p.m.

Zimmerman is at the center of an investigation over the shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17. Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense after following him in a gated community in Sanford on Feb. 26.

Martin’s death triggered a nationwide debate about race in America and Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force anywhere they feel a reasonable threat of death or serious injury.

On the night of the shooting, Sanford police questioned Zimmerman and released him without charges. Authorities said he was not immediately charged because there were no grounds, at the outset, to disprove his account that he’d acted to protect himself.

Thousands have converged on Sanford to join in protests calling for Zimmerman’s arrest and criticizing the police department’s handling of the case.

10 News will have more information as it develops.

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