A new question has emerged in the case of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin: Where is shooter George Zimmerman?
Zimmerman’s lawyers held a news conference yesterday to say that they had lost contact with their client, and that they would no longer be representing him.
Attorneys Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig said their last contact with Zimmerman was Sunday. The lawyers said Zimmerman was “far from Florida” and “well-hidden,” but still inside the United States.
The attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin said he fears Zimmerman could be a “flight risk.”
Zimmerman’s whereabouts may be revealed before Friday, as special prosecutor Angela Corey will make a decision on the case in the next 72 hours, the Miami Herald reports.
The attorneys said Zimmerman recently tried to contact Corey, against their advice.
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper last night, Sonner said he had never met Zimmerman face-to-face.
“Because of the danger that George Zimmerman was in, I understood that he had to stay hidden,” Sonner told Cooper, saying he communicated with his client by phone, e-mail and text.
The New Black Panther Party, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a racist hate group, has a $10,000 reward on Zimmerman’s head.
Zimmerman also called Fox News host Sean Hannity, and launched a Web site without consulting them, the lawyers said.
The Web site, therealgeorgezimmerman.com, offers one of his first public comments since he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in March.
“I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage,” Zimmerman writes on the site. “As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life.”
The slaying of Martin, who was unarmed, has sparked a national conversation over race and justice. Zimmerman maintains that he shot Martin in self-defense, while Martin’s family and their supporters say the shooting was racially motivated.
On his Web site, Zimmerman asks supporters to donate money for his legal defense and living expenses.
The IP address to Zimmerman’s Web site can be traced back to Scottsdale, Ariz., the site of the headquarters of GoDaddy, a Web hosting company which Zimmerman used to set up the site. The IP address cannot be traced to Zimmerman’s whereabouts.
Zimmerman was born in Manassas, Va., and lived in Sanford, Fla., prior to the shooting.
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