• Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara talks to WFTV


    SANFORD, Fla. - Countless people are reacting to George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict in 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's killing.

    Channel 9 was the first media outlet to talk to defense attorney Mark O'Mara on Sunday, in which he said he and partner Don West do fear for their safety at this time. He also said Zimmerman is taking time to come down from the last year and a half that consumed his life.

    "We are right now after a 16-month traumatic event for my client, so he gets a little time to relax," O'Mara said.

    Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, had been living "like a hermit" since the shooting and weren't working because they feared for their safety, O'Mara said before the trial.

    "He feels much better having this behind him. He just doesn't know what his future holds and how he's going to deal with that,'" O'Mara said.

    O'Mara and West had police officers on standby when they arrived at the ABC studios in New York to appear on "The View" Monday.

    The two told the audience that Zimmerman has been getting death threats and is in hiding.

    "I don't know if he'll ever walk the street again now, wondering what the person coming at him or walking behind him is going to have, the anger that we now see in some of the tweets and some information," said O'Mara.

    After the acquittal, O'Mara said Zimmerman now has access to all the evidence that belongs to him, and he'll eventually get his gun back.

    State prosecutors also spoke out and discussed Zimmerman's often blank expressions during the trial.

    "When I looked at him during the opening and closing statements, he wouldn't look back at me. I don't know why," said prosecutor John Guy.

    Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said if Zimmerman took the stand, he would've been the prosecutor to question him and would've asked why he followed Martin and why assumed certain things.

    "I personally don't think the whole truth came out," said de la Rionda. "To me, it was obvious he was lying, but there was plenty of it within his lies."

    Prosecutors said even Zimmerman's appearance might've been altered to paint him in a different light.

    "They portrayed him as this weak, slow, dumpy guy, and it just wasn't consistent with reality," said Guy. "He was going to the gym, learning all these different disciplines.  He wasn't nearly as heavy in reality.  It was a mirage."

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