Crime

George Zimmerman 'on his own' lawyer says

George Zimmerman spent his first 24 hours on bond “on his own” and in fear of his life, his attorney said in a television interview Monday night.

Zimmerman was released from jail early Monday wearing a bulletproof vest, defense attorney Mark O’Mara told CNN. He said authorities are not providing any security for him, so several locations have been arranged for him to “maintain his safety and security.”

“There’s been a lot of chatter about his release, and that’s concerning him and us,” O’Mara said. “He’s sort of on his own with his own protection, at this point.”

O’Mara said the security and housing were being paid by Zimmerman’s family. It’s unclear how much has been raised from websites set up to collect donations, he said. One site has about $800 and another a few thousand dollars, but he’s unclear if anyone has withdrawn any funds, he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges in the Feb. 26 shooting of unarmed Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman shot Trayvon in what he claims was an act of self defense.

It took six weeks before Zimmerman was arrested, and he now faces the possibility of life in prison. He posted $150,000 bond and is staying at undisclosed locations.

“George greatly appreciates your thoughts, and donations. We are working on obtaining an update directly from George very soon,” someone posted on Zimmerman’s website,TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com. “GZ hopes to be able to update the site in the next day or two, God willing.”

More court documents relating to the murder trial were posted online Tuesday, including one showing that his attorney filed a written not guilty plea on April 16.

O’Mara also waived Zimmerman’s right to appear at his arraignment. It was originally scheduled for late May but was moved up to May 8.

Court records show O’Mara filed a demand on April 16 that prosecutors let him examine or copy any evidence they have in the case within 15 days.

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