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Trayvon Martin case: Prosecutor plans announcement

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The special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin shooting case says she will make an announcement about the case before the end of the week.

In a statement released late Tuesday, Prosecutor Angela Corey, of Jacksonville, didn't specifically say what the announcement will be, only that it would come within 72 hours.

Corey is deciding whether to charge George Zimmerman with a crime for fatally shooting the 17-year-old Martin.

The neighborhood watch volunteer says he was acting in self-defense when he shot the unarmed Martin on Feb. 26 in a gated Sanford community. Martin's parents say Zimmerman attacked their son.

The case has raised questions about racial profiling. Martin was black; Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is from Peru.

National outrage and protests took place because Zimmerman was not charged with a crime by local authorities.

Meantime, Zimmerman's two attorneys announced Tuesday they no longer were representing him because they haven't heard from him since Sunday. The attorneys said they would take on the case again if asked.

The attorneys said Zimmerman had left Florida and was in isolation, dealing with extreme stress since the shooting and ensuing public outrage. They said he has been in touch with Florida authorities.

Tensions were rising in Sanford as townspeople awaited the prosecutor's decision. Some residents said they worry there will be public violence if Corey decides not to charge Zimmerman.


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