The Washington Post reports that the special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin shooting has decided to file criminal charges against George Zimmerman.
The newspaper’s website cites an anonymous source close to the investigation. Another report, from ABC News, said the announcement is planned for 6 p.m. in Jacksonville.
The Post did not report what charge special prosecutor Angela Corey intends to file, but Sanford police classified the shooting as a possible manslaughter.
The Orlando Sentinel was unable to confirm the Post’s report. Corey imposed a news blackout and has refused for more than a week to answer questions.
But on Tuesay at 8 p.m., her office imposed a deadline, saying that by Friday night, she would make an announcement about the case.
There is widespread speculation that she’ll announce that she’ll charge Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who killed the unarmed black 17-year-old.
It’s not clear whether she’ll make the announcement in Sanford, where Trayvon was killed Feb. 26, or in Jacksonville, the site of her office. She’s the elected state attorney for Duval, Clay and Nassau counties.
Reporters and news crews appear to be gambling that she’ll have Zimmerman arrested and jailed in Sanford.
Crews from NBC and CNN have had trucks parked at the Seminole County Jail since Monday.
Zimmerman’s attorneys, Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig, announced Tuesday that they’d lost contact with him and, as a consequence, no longer represent him. That could change, though, they said, with a single phone call.
Zimmerman called Corey’s office Tuesday, they said, but her employees would not talk to him.