George Zimmerman Prosecutor 'Prayed' for Him to Testify


Corey, the special prosecutor whom Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed to look into the case in 2012 and who ultimately filed charges, shot back at the assertions from Zimmerman's legal team and pundits that her office was pressured to file charges in an unwinnable case.

"There was absolutely no political pressure," Corey said.

She said the case was appropriately charged, pointing out that the lead investigator assigned to the case, Chris Serino, originally proposed second-degree murder charges before recommending Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter.

"To call something an overcharge is to say there was no evidence for the charge," Mantei said. "There was clearly intentional pulling of the trigger and motive. The question was it justifiable."

Corey says they decided not to bring the case up to a grand jury because they wanted to put forward all the evidence.

"Everything went to trial and everything was public," Corey said. "Shame on those who are bashing for the sake of getting on TV."

De la Rionda said, "We try cases to win. Hope we bring justice to the table. In this case, we're disappointed. We thought the evidence was there."

All four said they have never worked on a case where things ended so bitterly with their opponents.

"I've been doing this for 30 years," said de la Rionda, who has now only lost two murder cases in his career. "We respect our colleagues. I guess they don't.

"I personally think they were trying to create issues for appeal. We on purpose did not have media interviews every day like they did. … It was obvious they were trying to influence potential jurors.

The four said they have not spoken to Martin's parents since the verdict but praised the family's dignity.

"Those are our victims," Corey said. "We go into court to seek justice. It was an honor to sit with them in a courtroom and have their support."

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