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State Attorney Angela Corey answers critics after Zimmerman verdict

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Updated: 7/15/2013 8:07 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- State Attorney Angela Corey is defending her office after a not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

Corey is taking criticism after George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin.

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"I feel like we did what was promised," said Corey.

Corey and lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda sat down with Action News to answer some tough questions about the case.

One of the biggest questions critics have, was Zimmerman over charged in a case the state could never prove beyond a reasonable doubt? Corey said she'd do it all over again.

De la Rionda agreed. He says said the evidence was there and pointed to the fact the judge denied the defense's motion to throw out the case.

"If the judge felt there was not enough evidence, it could've never gone to the jury," said de la Rionda.

Critics also have concerns about whether Corey gave all the evidence to the defense. Those questions came to light after her IT director testified he found photos not given to Zimmerman's team.

"We were full and open on discovery, which by the way, was complied with," said Corey.

On June 6, Kroidbos was called to the stand to testify. Fast forward to July 12, when a letter obtained by Action News showed up at Kriodbos' front door, saying he "can never be trusted to step foot in this office." We asked Corey Monday about the letter.

"How were Mr. Kroidbos actions appropriate? They were not," said Corey.

The defense asked the judge to file sanctions against the state attorney's office. A ruling has not been made, but Corey tells Action News she welcome's any investigation into how her team handled this case.

"We would welcome them to file any motion they deem appropriate," said Corey.

Corey tells Action News the biggest problem with this case was making sure it was tried in a courtroom and not the public.

"Until they know all that goes in the case, don't form an opinion," said Corey.

Both tell Action News they did everything they could to win.

"To say I'm disappointed, is an understatement. I think justice wasn't done. But I accept the verdict and believe in the system," said de la Rionda.

Kroidbos' attorney said he did not want to talk on camera about this Monday.

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