Florida prosecutors are expected to announce Wednesday afternoon that they will charge George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, in the death of 17-year-old Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot in February.
The Associated Press cited unnamed sources with knowledge of the situation that said charges are being filed in Martin’s death. The official announcement is expected to come 6 p.m. Wednesday.
It was also reported that Zimmerman would be arrested.
It’s unclear what charges Zimmerman will face.
Martin was on his way back to a gated community when Zimmerman noticed the teen leaving a store on Feb. 26.
Zimmerman said that he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him.
Martin wasn’t in possession of any weapons when he was killed. The only thing found on him after his death was skittles and an iced tea.
The news of the pending charges comes one day after attorneys for the watch captain said they were no longer representing him because they were unable to locate Zimmerman.
The attorneys said they haven’t been in contact with Zimmerman since Sunday. They also added that Zimmerman contacted the special prosecutor in the case against their advice.
Angela Corey, the special prosecutor, announced earlier this week that she would not bring the case before a grand jury.
Martin’s family, and their supporters, from all across the country have called for the Sanford Police Department to arrest Zimmerman in Martin’s shooting.
Protesters have poured onto the streets in recent weeks, with demonstrations held around the country, including on Long Island.