George Zimmerman, the man whose fatal shooting of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin a year ago captured the nation’s attention, wears a disguise or body armor in public as he feels threatened, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
Zimmerman remains in hiding and “can’t go out in public without wearing a disguise or body armor,” defense attorney Mark O’Mara told CNN.
Zimmerman claims to have mistaken Martin, who was 17, for a burglar and to have shot him in self defense after a confrontation on February 26, 2012.
After police initially questioned and released Zimmerman, citing Florida’s so-called Stand Your Ground gun law, celebrity protests and nationwide public demonstrations prompted a re-investigation that led to his arrest for murder.
Martin’s parents attended a one-year anniversary vigil in New York City late Tuesday, and continued their call for stricter gun laws nationwide.
Passed in 2005, Florida’s Stand Your Ground law allows people to use lethal force in self-defense. Numerous states have since passed similar laws.