George Zimmerman's lawyer has spoken out about his client's involvement in the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
I believe that there is sufficient evidence to show that Mr. Zimmerman was acting in self-defense, Zimmerman's attorny said. Craig Sonner, who is providing legal advice to Zimmerman, in an interview with CBS. He has wounds, injuries to his face, to the back of his head. And I think the evidence will show that he was acting in self-defense, and that it was not racially motivated.
The incident has garnered national attention due to the circumstances surrounding Martin's death. Zimmerman, 28, claims he shot Martin, 17, in self-defense after the unarmed teenager allegedly assaulted him when questioned about his presence in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., where Zimmerman had appointed himself captain of the neighborhood watch.
Martin, who lived in Miami with his mother, had been visiting his father, who lived in the community. Martin's family believes he was racially profiled for being black by Zimmerman, who is of white and Latino descent.
I don't believe there's any racial motivation on the behalf of George Zimmerman, Sonner told CBS Saturday. I have spoken with him on that issue. That's the issue that we wanted to address today, is that this was not a racial issue in what happened that day.
Sonner added in the CBS interview that Zimmerman had previously mentored black youth.
He and his wife were mentors to a single mother with two, a 14-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter, he said. They were mentors to them, took them every couple weeks. What that program included was every other week, going for two or three hours going to the mall, to the science center, going to lunch, playing basketball, doing those types of things.
In addition to the perception of racial bias in the death of their son, Martin's family is outraged that Zimmerman has not yet been arrested.
Sanford Police have cited Florida's Stand Your Ground law as the reason why Zimmerman, who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, has not been arrested. Under the law, a person has the right to use deadly force against someone in situations where there is fear of great bodily injury.
Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee announced Thursday that he would be temporarily stepping down from his post, following intense criticism of his handling of the case.
The case is currently being investigated locally by the Seminole State Attorney's Office, as well at the federal level by the Department of Justice and the FBI.
Sonner said he does not know Zimmerman's current whereabouts, and that his client, having received death threats, is keeping a low profile out of fear for his life.
Watch the CBS interview here: