Neighborhood Watch captain George Zimmerman will be charged in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, law enforcement sources were reporting Wednesday.
The Washington Post and the Associated Press were among the media outlets reporting the developments, although it was not immediately clear what charges Zimmerman would face. The special prosecutor assigned to the case is expected to hold a news conference in Florida later this afternoon.
Martin's parents and their attorney are pleading, even begging, for a peaceful reaction as the nation waits to hear whether charges will be filed against Zimmerman, who has admitted shooting and killing Martin -- but insists it was only in self-defense.
Attorney Benjamin Crump, flanked by Martin's parents, asked for the public's reaction to any pending development in the case to be "peaceful and responsible" and said he was begging that "nothing gets out of hand." He also pleaded with the public to use the grieving parents as their example.