Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed a new prosecutor to oversee the investigation of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the young teen who was shot and killed in Sanford, FL by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman on Feb 26.
Late Thursday, Gov. Scott appointed Angela B. Corey to oversee the investigation into the death of Trayvon.
Corey serves as the prosecutor for the Jacksonville area. Scott said this came after the local prosecutor for the central Florida County where the shooting happened, Norman Wolfinger, volunteered to remove himself from the case.
In a statement, Wolfinger said:
"In the interest of the public safety of the citizens of Seminole County and to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest, I would respectfully request the executive assignment of another state attorney for the investigation and any prosecution arising from the circumstances surrounding the death of Trayvon B. Martin.
This request is being made in light of the public good with the intent of toning down the rhetoric and preserving the integrity of this investigation."
Martin's parents have complained that the 28-year-old shooter, George Zimmerman, has not been charged after he claimed self-defense and they are still waiting on an arrest.
Scott also appointed a task force led by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to hold hearings about the Feb. 26 shooting and make recommendations for changing state laws and procedures.
Trayvon’s shooting death has sparked nationwide protests and anger. Marches and rallies are set to occur across the country in the next several days on behalf of Trayvon.