DEVELOPING: Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey will announce that she is charging George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing a law enforcement official close to the investigation.
It is unclear what charges he will face. But a press conference is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET in Jacksonville, Fla. where Corey will "release new information" regarding the investigation, according to a press release.
Sanford police and Al Sharpton, who has been in contact with Martin's family, were unable to confirm the report to Fox News.
The unarmed Martin, an African-American, was shot and killed in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watchman Zimmerman, who claims he was acting in self-defense. In phone calls, Zimmerman told an emergency dispatcher that Martin looked suspicious, and he followed the teen despite the dispatcher's advice.
Zimmerman's lack of arrest in the case has sparked nationwide protests by civil rights activists who claim race has been a factor in the investigation. Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Hispanic.
Zimmerman has been in hiding for weeks and is not believed to be in the state of Florida, his former lawyers, Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig, said Tuesday.
"George Zimmerman, in our opinion, and from information made available to us, is not doing well emotionally, probably suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome," Uhrig said.
"George can't get in a car and drive down to some office center to go in and see the psychologist," Uhrig added. "There's a bounty out on his head, whether it's believed to be real or not, it's out there. "
Sonner said he has never talked to Zimmerman face-to-face, only on the phone. He said the 28-year-old has gone into hiding, but he believes Zimmerman is still in the U.S.