Lawyer: Florida Shooter Will Turn Himself In If Charged [View all]
Florida shooter will turn himself in if charged: lawyer By Daniel Trotta
SANFORD, FLORIDA | Mon Apr 2, 2012 1:45pm EDT
By Daniel Trotta
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - George Zimmerman will turn himself in to authorities in the event he is charged with a crime in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, his defense attorney Craig Sonner said on Monday.
"If he's charged, he will be arrested and he will turn himself in. However it goes, he's not hiding from the authorities. If he is asked, he will turn himself in. There's not going to be a manhunt or anything like that," Sonner told Reuters in a telephone interview.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot Martin dead on February 26, saying he had acted in self defense. Police released him without charge, saying there was no evidence to contradict Zimmerman's story that he was attacked by the 17-year-old.
The case has riveted the country, prompting demonstrations in numerous cities demanding Zimmerman be arrested. Critics believe Zimmerman, who is half white and half Hispanic, racially profiled Martin in deciding to follow him, and that race played a role in police siding with his version of events.