George Zimmerman, the man who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, has told a court that he needs a public defender because he is $2.5 million in debt.
CNN reports that Zimmerman revealed he was millions in debt during a court hearing related to stalking allegations that were leveled by Dennis Warren, a private investigator who had been hired by a production company that was working on a documentary about the Trayvon Martin case.
“Deputies said Zimmerman called Warren 55 times, left 36 voicemails, texted him 67 times and sent 27 emails over a nine-day span,” CNN notes.
In a court filing made this week, Zimmerman revealed that he is unemployed and has $0 in assets from cash, bank accounts or equity on property.
Although Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in his fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2013, he has since regularly gotten into trouble with law enforcement. In addition to his current case related to stalking charges, he was arrested — though ultimately not charged — in 2015 on suspicion of committing aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon.
Zimmerman also stirred controversy when he tried to auction off the gun he used to kill Martin for hundreds of thousands of dollars.