Feds to sift through evidence in George Zimmerman murder case

Published On: Jul 16 2013 01:22:39 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 16 2013 01:28:55 PM EDT

Attorney General Eric Holder will speak at the NAACP Convention in Sanford on Tuesday, where thousands will attend.


The Justice Department will sift through trial testimony, interviews and other evidence during what is likely to be a months-long investigation into whether George Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin's civil rights when he shot the black teenager.

The key to charging Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, lies in whether evidence exists that he was motivated by racial animosity to kill Martin, who was 17 when he was shot during a fight with Zimmerman in February 2012. And while Martin's family has said the teen was racially profiled, no evidence surfaced during the state trial that Zimmerman had a racial bias.

Former Miami federal prosecutor David S. Weinstein says it will likely be months before a decision is made on whether to bring charges.

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