Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey will announce Wednesday that she is charging George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, according to multiple reports.
Corey will hold a press conference on the case at 6:00pm ET in Jacksonville, Fla., FOX News Channel reported. (You can watch the presser live on Fox News Latino)
The Washington Post first reported that Corey would bring charges.
It is not known which charges she will file.
Corey announced earlier this week that she was not convening a grand jury in the case, meaning the decision on whether to charge Zimmerman was hers alone.
Without a grand jury indictment, Corey cannot pursue a first-degree murder charge but can go forward with second-degree murder or manslaughter charges.
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.
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.
The decision to charge Zimmerman comes a day after his lawyers said they could no longer represent him because their client had not returned their calls in days.
The lawyers, Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner, also said their former client had fled the state of Florida.
Martin's family has raised concerns that Zimmerman could be a flight risk, but Sonner told NBC's "Today" show Wednesday that he believed Zimmerman would turn himself in if charged.
"I don't believe he's a flight risk," Sonner said. "I can't disclose where he is ... but he's in contact (with authorities). If it becomes necessary to turn himself in, I believe he will do it. I don't believe he's going to flee the country."
Martin's parents were speaking at a press conference with the Rev. Al Sharpton when The Post reported Zimmerman would be charged.
"We cannot confirm those reports," Sharpton said.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott selected Corey to replace Norm Wolfinger as the lead prosecutor in the case on March 22, the same day Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee temporarily stepped down amid sharp criticism of his department's handling of the case.
Lawyers for Martin's family have accused Wolfinger of disregarding a police recommendation that Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter. Wolfinger has vociferously denied the allegations.