No grand jury for Trayvon Martin case
By Marc Whiteman - WUFT-FM
Authorities say gunfire knocked out a window on a police cruiser parked near the town home community where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. This comes a day after special prosecutor to the case, Angela Corey, decided that she will be the one to determine the fate of charging Zimmerman with the shooting – and not a Grand Jury. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Marc Whiteman spoke with University of Florida Levin College of Law Professor Michelle Jacobs who says Corey’s decision to not bring the case forward to a Grand Jury should not yet be seen as negative, as the investigation and fact gathering is still ongoing. Related tv news clip is from “WUFT NEWS First at Five” on WUFT-TV.
“We’re pressuring. We are ready. We’re telling the community that we’re ready to start the trial,” said Carlos Aguilar, Christian Aguilar’s father, after Pedro Bravo’s third case management court appearance.
From Jan. 2008 to March 2013, there were 1,577 reported gun-related crimes. In 2008, 309 gun-related crimes were reported. In 2009, the number increased to a reported 367 crimes. Since then, it has been decreasing.
One of the victims played a prank on Andrew Joseph Lobban, 31, when they went shooting one time and took a video of it, police said. The victim then shared the video with the other victims, who laughed and teased Lobban.
A crime alert was distributed Friday afternoon to the Gainesville and University of Florida community alerting residents to an active investigation of two armed robberies.
He told police he also had a homemade cardboard firework with black powder inside at his home. A fuse was attached to the sealed ends, according to his arrest report.