The lawyers for Trayvon Martin’s parents said the family of the slain 17-year-old is deeply concerned about the whereabouts of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the teenager and whose location is unknown.
“The biggest thing for us is the fact that the killer of Trayvon is unaccounted for,” said Benjamin Crump, the lawyer for the parents, speaking in an interview with BET.com. “And the family is concerned that he might never be brought to justice for what he did."
His comments came a day after Zimmerman’s lawyers stepped down from representing him. They said they had not heard from Zimmerman in several days and that he had reached out to the state’s attorney without consulting them.
The lawyers said Zimmerman was in a location far from Sanford, Florida, where the shooting took place. They added that he would not leave the country.
Nonetheless, Crump said the parents of Trayvon Martin are deeply concerned Zimmerman’s movements are unknown and unaccounted for.
“They are concerned because, even if Zimmerman is charged with a crime, they might have trouble finding him,” Crump said. “If they file charges against him, will they even find him? That’s a major concern to Trayvon’s parents.”
But Zimmerman’s former lawyers, Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner, said they believe their former client will make himself available, if needed.
“I don’t believe he’s a flight risk,” Uhrig said. “He is where he won’t be found. I don’t believe he’s going to flee the country.”
Meanwhile, the special prosecutor’s office has indicated an intention to release new information regarding the case within two days. Angela Corey, the prosecutor, said the information will be released by the end of the week.
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