Trayvon Martin Case: George Zimmerman’s Attorney Withdraw from Case … Lost Contact With Client … Zimmerman Contacted Prosecutors
The saga continues in the case of the death of Trayvon Martin …
As everyone waits to see if George Zimmerman will be charged with murder in the death of Trayvon Martin there is news from the defense. As reported at the Orlando Sentinel, the defense attorneys of George Zimmerman have withdrawn from the case. According to accounts, the defense team has lost contact with their client and some thing occurred that is much worse. The defense attorneys stated that “as of the last couple days he has not returned phone calls, text messages or emails.” It would appear that Zimmerman had contact with the state prosecutor.
Zimmerman has not talked to or communicated with them since Sunday, said Craig Sonner, one of his lawyers.
Worse, Zimmerman has done two dangerous things, his lawyers said: He telephoned a special prosecutor who’s trying to put together a criminal case against him, and he called Sean Hannity of Fox News.
Both were bad ideas, said Sonner and co-counsel Hal Uhrig.
The call to the office of Special Prosecutor Angela Corey apparently did no harm, Uhrig said.
At the news conference,Zimerman’s former attorneys went on to say that they believed in his innocence and that he was no racist. Also they stated that Zimmerman has gone underground for fear of his safety.
Sonner and Uhrig said that they still believe in Zimmerman’s innocence and that they would probably represent him again if he contacted them and requested it. They said Zimmerman is in the U.S., but wouldn’t say where because they fear for his safety.
They said Zimmerman has been under extreme pressure and is basically alone, having gone underground because of the furor.
UPDATE I: Zimmerman’s family responds to attorney’s withdrawal from case.
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Martin’s family, expressed surprise over the announcement and issued a statement to TIME.
Trayvon’s family was always concerned that Zimmerman doesn’t try to skirt his legal responsibilities and become a flight risk. We always wanted this before a judge and a jury. We hope that [authorities] will take this under consideration that this a flight risk. If they go to press charges, is he really going to face them?