On the same day that George Zimmerman's attorneys publicly announced their withdrawal as legal representatives for the Trayvon Martin shooter on account of his non-responsiveness, the special prosecutor assigned to the case, Angela Corey, released a brief statement advising that she will make an announcement on the matter in the next 72 hours.
Corey said Monday that she will not bring the case to a grand jury and thus will decide what charges, if any, to bring against Zimmerman. Florida law requires a grand jury indictment for a first-degree murder charge (a capital case). Because Corey has opted not to empanel a grand jury, she will not be seeking the death penalty, but may press charges for lesser offenses such as second-degree murder, third-degree murder, or manslaughter.
The Associated Press reports that people in Sanford, Florida, where the shooting took place, are on edge. "Tensions were rising in Sanford as townspeople awaited the prosecutor's decision. Someone shot up an unoccupied police car Monday night as it sat outside the neighborhood where Martin was killed. And a demonstration by college students closed the town's police station earlier in the day."
The time frame offered by Corey means that the announcement will come by the end of this week.