SANFORD - An attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin told a group of journalists Saturday that he is confident state charges will be filed against the man who killed the teen.
It's just one of many developments in the controversial case.
Another, the arrest of a Florida man who investigators say made a deadly threat to the man originally overseeing the Martin investigation.
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says John Carnduff was so upset about the Trayvon Martin case, he emailed a death threat to the Sanford Police Chief and his family. Now he's facing charges for making that threat.
This as the New Black Panther Party says it wants Martin's shooter so badly, it will offer $10,000 to anyone who finds him. All of these developments find the Tampa Bay area and the nation assembling for justice.
"The people united will never be defeated,” chanted a group of protesters Saturday at Al Lopez Park in Tampa.
Organizers had no idea the rally would attract some 800 people united in their cause.
“If George Zimmerman was black and if Trayvon had been a white male and if George Zimmerman had killed him the same way would he have been arrested on the spot?” said USF student Crystal Wilson.
"Trayvon was a people's person. He didn’t deserve to die. I pledge I will not let my son die in vain,” said Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin at a rally two days earlier.
The demonstration was one of dozens catching on nationwide, including a peace rally in Sanford Sunday night and another rally that will be held in addition to a speak out Monday.
Martin’s parents addressed a crowd of 8,000 supporters Thursday in Sanford. That rally attracted people from several states, a diverse crowd demanding Zimmerman face consequences.
"If he were actually a crime watch person, he would know you’re not supposed to be armed at anytime and you certainly are supposed to follow the police instructions, which in this case were for him to stand down,” said protester Michael Young.
Zimmerman's attorney says the scrutinized shooter was only standing his ground after an altercation with Martin. Police say Zimmerman had a bloody nose and blood on the back of his head after fighting with Martin, which supports the shooter's self defense claim.
But many are concerned the altercation happened after Zimmerman approached the unarmed teen who wore a hoodie. Zimmerman said he also thought something was suspicious when he saw Martin holding something. Turns out that something was a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea.
The justice department is considering whether to bring a hate crime against Zimmerman, as speculation grows that he used a racial slur.
"Even after George Zimmerman's arrest, please don't let us give up this fight in this struggle. Let us continue to pursue justice for all people,” Wilson said.
Gov. Rick Scott has issued a statement saying Florida is committed to making sure this investigation is conducted properly so that justice is ensured.
Also, in new disturbing twist, Trayvon’s family told ABC Action News Saturday that there are false websites claiming to collect money for the Martin family. They say if you see one suggesting sending money to a P.O. Box or to donate online, be cautious. The official donation site for Trayvon's family can be found at http://parkscrump.com/justicetm/donations/ .
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