The police chief in Sanford turned over the investigation into the killing of Miami teen Trayvon Martin to the Seminole-Brevard State Attorney’s Office for review Monday, as outraged members of the community demanded justice.
The Michael Krop Senior High School junior was killed two weeks ago in Sanford while on a trip to visit relatives.
The 17-year old went out unarmed to buy snacks at a 7-Eleven and wound up killed by an armed neighborhood watch captain who had called police to report a suspicious person.
Police Chief Bill Lee said there was not enough evidence to arrest George Zimmerman, who followed Martin in his SUV and ended up confronting the teen before shots were fired.
“In this case Mr. Zimmerman has made the statement of self-defense,” Lee said. “Until we can establish probable cause to dispute that, we don’t have the grounds to arrest him.”