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Tracy Martin and Sabrina Fulton, parents of Trayvon Martin

*People looking for justice in the Trayvon Martin case may have a reason to feel encouraged.

Daryl Parks, an attorney for Trayvon’s family said Saturday he expects that state charges will be filed against George Zimmerman the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager.

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Parks (pictured below), in an interview via Skype with the board of the National Association of Black Journalists, said the family and its attorneys met Thursday with officials from the U.S. Justice Department, according to

“I think the focus is not a federal arrest over a state arrest,” Parks said told the journalists. “We want an arrest, period. And I think that the state aspect of that is the one that’s most feasible, that’s most attainable in this matter.”

Asked his sense that state officials will press charges, he said, “Oh, they will.”

The shooting took place the night of Feb. 26 at the Retreat at Twin Lakes, a gated housing complex in Sanford, Fla., where 28-year-old George Zimmerman was the captain of the neighborhood watch.

Zimmerman had called police to report seeing a suspicious teenager. A short time later, the two crossed paths, a gunshot rang out and Martin died. No arrest has been made, and the case has galvanized the nation and prompted rallies protesting the failure of police to arrest Zimmerman.

“They [DOJ] realize that to charge this as a hate crime is going to be a challenge, to put it lightly,” Parks said.

“Most state laws tend to be better for the prosecution of state crimes,” Parks told the journalists. “And that’s why we see the federal authorities expressing, although gently, they can only do so much if there’s some type of race issues involved. The state officials don’t have that problem.”

Zimmerman’s lawyer on Saturday reiterated his client’s stance that he fired self-defense.

Read what he had to say and learn more, at MSNBC.

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Attorney Daryl Parks