Sanford, Fla. – On Saturday, attorney Daryl Parks said he’s confident charges will be filed against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
Parks, who represents Trayvon’s family, told the National Association of Black Journalists during an interview that after meeting with officials from the U.S. Justice Department he believes Zimmerman, 28, will face charges for killing Trayvon.
To see photos of Trayvon Martin, click here.
“I think the focus is not a federal arrest over a state arrest,” said Parks. “We want an arrest, period. And I think that the state aspect of that is the one that’s most feasible, that’s most attainable in this matter.”
When asked if he believes that state will press charges against Zimmerman, Parks replied, “Oh, they will.”
Parks also noted that it would be a challenge to charge the killing as a hate crime, which he said the DOJ acknowledged.
“Most state laws tend to be better for the prosecution of state crimes,” he said. “And that’s why we see the federal authorities expressing, although gently, they can only do so much if there’s some type of racial issues involved.”
Parks added that state officials won’t have such a roadblock.
Saturday morning, attorney Craig Sonner, who’s representing Zimmerman, said the shooting was not motivated by race and supported his client’s assertion of self-defense.
To see attorney Craig Sonner speak about his client, George Zimmerman, on CBS, click here.
On the night of the shooting, Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman told police he had exited his truck to check the name of the street he was on when the teen took him by surprise and jumped him from behind. He claimed to have shot at Trayvon with his licensed semiautomatic handgun because he feared for his life.
According to reports, Trayvon – who was staying at his father’s girlfriend’s house in the area – had gone to a local convenience store to buy candy for his younger brother and was simply walking back to the home when Zimmerman, 28, spotted him.
Trayvon was shot once in the chest.
Eight 911 calls regarding the shooting were released Mar. 16, the first made by Zimmerman, who said the 17-year-old looked suspicious as he walked through the gated community. He told the dispatcher that Trayvon was running and was instructed not to follow the young man.
To hear the dramatic 911 calls regarding the shooting of Trayvon Martin, click here.
A special prosecutor has been appointed by Florida officials to head a task force that will continue to investigate Trayvon’s killing.
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