Zimmerman’s case is scheduled to go to trial in June. He has said he killed Martin in self-defense, citing Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, after the teenager attacked him.
The switch also means Alva will inherit Nelson’s docket of criminal cases, including a perjury trial for Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie Zimmerman, who is accused of lying about the $135,000 in private donations the couple had accrued online. She allegedly told her husband’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, that she did not know of any assets she could “liquidate reasonably” to pay George Zimmerman’s original bail, yet bank documents revealed that she had transferred tens of thousands of dollars from his bank account into hers.
George Zimmerman’s suit against NBC Universal and three editors and reporters accuses them of using Martin’s death as “an opportunity to increase ratings.” Earlier this week, his brother told Univision News the coverage was played up as a racial narrative whitewashing the family’s Peruvian background.
O’Mara told the newspaper he did not see any conflict caused by Nelson taking on both cases.
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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