Attorneys for George Zimmerman confirmed that they have withdrawn as his legal counsel in a statement from Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, Florida, on Tuesday.
With Zimmerman nowhere to be found, the lawyers - Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner - said they withdrew from legal counsel as they haven't heard from him since Sunday. Furthermore, the attorneys said Zimmerman reached out to special prosecutor Angela Corey against their advice.
Corey still has to decide if Zimmerman should face charges in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. However, prosecutors in her office are refusing to discuss anything with Trayvon's confessed killer if his are not lawyers present.
"As of the last couple days, he has not returned phone calls, text messages or emails," Sonner said, according to several media sources. "He's gone on his own. I'm not sure what he's doing or who he's talking to."
Sonner added, "I cannot go forward speaking to the public about George Zimmerman and this case as representing him because I've lost contact with him."
Meanwhile, Zimmerman has created a website to communicate to his supporters and solicit monetary donations for his legal counsel and living expenses. The website explains Zimmerman has been forced into hiding and is thus unable to work.
The website, TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com, features an American flag background, and an introductory message saying, "On Sunday February 26, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. 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. This website's sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries."
"He is largely alone. You might even say he is emotionally crippled by virtue of the pressure of this case," Uhrig said, according to several media sources.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, who and killed an unarmed Martin in Sanford, Florida on February 26th. Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense after following the African-American teenager in a gated community outside Orlando. He said he was returning to his truck when Martin attacked him and that he shot the unarmed teen during the fight.
The case has inflamed heated debate nationwide about race relations in America and Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force when they perceive their life is in danger.
by RTT Staff Writer
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