The Associated Press has learned that the grand jury in the George Zimmerman case has declined to indict the former neighborhood watch volunteer on felony charges of battery, assault and criminal mischief.
The AP has learned the decision not to indict Zimmerman on charges of criminal mischief was announced Wednesday by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz in an email to the office’s press office.
In the email, Ortiz cited the lack of evidence against Zimmerman and the absence of any other evidence that would have warranted a conviction on those charges.
The decision does not necessarily mean Zimmerman is free from charges, though prosecutors have indicated they could pursue them, said a person familiar with the decision.
The grand jury will consider the evidence in the case as it does now, the person said.
A spokesman for the office said in a statement the decision was made by the state’s attorney’s office.
The George Zimmerman trial began in July, 2013, and Zimmerman, 28, and Martin, 17, were both shot dead in February 2014.
They were both unarmed, and prosecutors say Zimmerman attacked Martin after he resisted a traffic stop.
Zimmerman has said Martin attacked him with a racial slur.