George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty of Trayvon Martin’s death, will receive back his gun, his attorney revealed, adding that his client needs the weapon “even more” than before.
“The concealed weapons permit is another matter because that’s a decision by another state agency and they will make that decision,” Mark O’Mara told ABC News.
“‘Yes. [There’s] even more reason now, isn’t there? There are a lot of people out there who actually hate him, though they shouldn’t,” the attorney added.
The former neighborhood watch captain is forced a protective clothing when going out in public, although he didn’t wear it to court, O’Mara said.
Zimmerman’s laywer revealed to reporters that his client does not believe that having a gun caused Martin’s death.
“I think that he feels truly in his heart that if he did not have that weapon that night he might not be here…. [He] would have continued to get beat even though he was screaming for help.”
Zimmerman is expected to have other court battles, some that he might initiate.
“I think there are going to be a number of civil suits. I would be very surprised if any of those civil suits are filed against George Zimmerman and we welcome them,” O’Mara said.
The attorney also indicated that Zimmerman may file suits against others.
“There are a number of events that happened during this case and the way certain people handled it that we may need to hold responsible. We’ll see,” O’Mara said.
The Justice Department announced yesterday that it is considering whether federal prosecutors will file criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
A statement, released by the Deparment, said that, in the government’s words, “experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation.”
During the hearings the alleged killer assured the jury that he had shot Martin to save his own life after being attacked by the teen on Feb. 26, 2012.
After a four-week series of hearing and testimony, more than a dozen witnesses and a host of controversy, Zimmerman walked out of court a free man.
The court found that Zimmerman didn’t “intentionally commit an act or acts that caused death” or demonstrate a “depraved mind without regard for human life” – Florida’s definitions of manslaughter and second-degree murder, respectively.
The president of NAACP released a statement immediately after the court’s decision, which followed more than 16 hours of deliberations by the six-strong jury.
“We are outraged and heartbroken over today’s verdict. We will pursue civil rights charges with the Department of Justice, we will continue to fight for the removal of stand-your-ground laws in every state, and we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed,” it said.