George Zimmerman's Lawyers Confirm Loop 21 Exclusive
1 year ago
Martin legal team fears Zimmerman is a 'flight risk'
The legal team representing Trayvon Martin’s shooter confirmed details exclusively given to Loop 21 on Monday night by a man claiming to be George Zimmerman.
Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner, who spoke outside of the Seminole County courthouse on Tuesday evening, cited Zimmerman’s reclusive behavior and his disregard for their legal advice, as one of several reasons for their departure.
"He has gone on his own. I don't know what he's doing or who he's talking to," Sonner said. “I cannot represent a client who doesn’t stay in contact with me.”
Uhrig said the legal team had never met with Zimmerman face-to-face and that he was hard to reach by phone. In an exclusive, Loop 21 attempted to confirm a series of emails between Loop 21 contributor Wesley Lowery and a man claiming to be Zimmerman.
During the courthouse press conference, the lawyers confirmed Zimmerman gave an off-the-record interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, which Loop 21 was the first to report. The emails sent to Lowery on Monday night were the first to mention the Hannity interview.
Spokespeople for Hannity and Fox News have not responded to requests for comment. The man claiming to be Zimmerman did not reply to an email request for comment, immediately following his lawyers’ press conference.
Zimmerman is also said to have contacted state attorney Angela Corey on his own, and told someone in her office that he was not officially represented by Uhrig and Sonner.
On Monday, Corey announced she would not send the case to a grand jury. The decision of charges against Zimmerman is effectively in her hands. Legal analysts say the move suggests Zimmerman will not be charged with first-degree murder, which requires a grand jury indictment, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Lawyers for the Martin family said they have been concerned that Zimmerman was a flight risk.