ORLANDO, Fla. -The special prosecutor assigned to the Trayvon Martin shooting investigation now says she will not take the case before a grand jury Tuesday, as had been scheduled.
Angela Corey, special prosecutor in the case and state attorney for Florida's Duval, Clay and Nassau counties, said Monday that her investigation will continue, but the grand jury will not hear the case.
Corey stressed in a statement that the decision to forego the scheduled grand jury proceedings did not reflect whether or not there will ultimately be a prosecution in the case.
In lieu of a grand jury, Corey's office can choose on its own whether or not to charge George Zimmerman with a crime in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon on Feb. 26.
"The decision should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case," Corey's office said in a statement. Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed Corey as special prosecutor March 22.
"At this time, the investigation continues and there will be no further comment," the statement says. "From the moment she was assigned, Ms. Corey noted she may not need a grand jury."
The grand jury had been called upon by Seminole-Brevard State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, who initially was handling the case but has since stepped aside.
Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said Trayvon's parents are "not surprised" by the announcement, and remain "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," Crump said in a statement.
Zimmerman, a 28-year-old Neighborhood Watch volunteer, says he shot Trayvon in self-defense Feb. 26 after the teenager punched him to the ground and began banging his head on a sidewalk.
Critics say Zimmerman was guilty of racial profiling, or worse.
He had phoned police, reporting Martin as suspicious, then followed him on foot. He told police he lost sight of the teenager and was returning to his vehicle when the two came face to face.
The shooting has set off rallies and marches across the country and beyond by critics, who demand that Zimmerman be arrested.