A special prosecutor is set to present her findings from the investigation into the Trayvon Martin shooting as early as Tuesday.
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Unless those findings don't result in a charge, George Zimmerman is keeping quiet.
“As soon as he is either dismissed, or they decide not to charge him, or he is eventually vindicated, he’ll come out,’’ said attorney Hal Uhrig, who is defending Zimmerman along with Craig Sonner. “If they charge him, then you’re not going to hear from him until it’s over.’’Video: Zimmerman legal team says he is ‘distraught’ (on this page)
Uhrig and Sonner expect to meet with Zimmerman this week. The neighborhood watch volunteer, who shot 17-year-old Martin in what he claims was self-defense, has been in hiding because of threats against his life.
Zimmerman's quick release by the Sanford police and the state attorney — just seven hours and 50 minutes after the shooting — has come under scrutiny. Within a week, the state attorney had ruled that Zimmerman feared for his life and should not be charged.Prosecutor: No grand jury for Trayvon Martin case
Experts told NBC News that they believe that timetable appears unusually fast. An autopsy and toxicology report, one of the standards in investigating a fatal shooting, could not have been completed in that short period of time, Kerry Sanders reported Monday.
“When a man with a gun kills someone who is unarmed, it certainly should take a lot more than seven hours to reach the bottom line as to whether there’s a crime,’’ former U.S. attorney Kendall Coffey told NBC News.
Uhrig, who was a legal analyst for Fox Orlando during the Casey Anthony trial and recently joined Zimmerman’s defense team, believes local authorities observed proper procedure based on Florida's self-defense laws.
“The Florida statute actually prohibits law enforcement from making an arrest under circumstances where self defense is claimed and it’s not absolutely clear that the use of force was unlawful,’’ Uhrig said. “We’ve heard one of the attorneys for the family say, ‘Well they should arrest him and let him prove in court that he’s innocent.’ It doesn’t really work that way in this country.’’Video: Grand jury to mull Trayvon Martin case (on this page)
“People have jumped to conclusions, wrongful conclusions I believe, and I think once the investigation comes out, the country will see why the Sanford Police Department made the decision they did at that time,’’ said Sonner.
Much of the investigation revolves around whether or not Zimmerman’s shooting was lawful under the Stand Your Ground law in Florida.
“I think that’s going to be one of the main things they’re looking at — was it self defense?’’ Sonner said. “Was the use of force lawful?’’
Zimmerman's defense team said that he has expressed remorse.
“He’s remorseful for the unintended consequences of what happened out of this incident,’’ Uhrig said. “I believe everything he did was justified, but he is distraught over the fact that a life was taken. He recognizes and we recognize that the Martin family is going through excruciating pain and grief. We feel for them, we pray for them, and we pray also for the Zimmerman family that’s been destroyed by this incident as well.’’
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