SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A Seminole County judge has granted George Zimmerman a public defender to represent him in his latest legal battle.
Zimmerman told the judge that he’s an indigent, unemployed and has $2.5 million in debt and liabilities, according to court documents.
Zimmerman is facing a misdemeanor stalking charge that was filed by the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office earlier this month.
A sheriff's report said an investigator, Dennis Warren, contacted Zimmerman in September on behalf of Michael Gasparro, who is making a documentary on Trayvon Martin. The series is being produced by rapper Jay-Z.
Zimmerman allegedly told Gasparro, "Help Dennis out and give him a heads up. I'm going to find him. And I'm bringing hell with me."
He allegedly texted Gasparro and said, "Dennis is a (expletive) who bothered my uncle in his home. Local or former law officer, he's well on his way to the inside of a gator as well. 10-4?"
WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said the indigent applications are rarely scrutinized by the court because they are done under oath.
"As long as you can show your liabilities outweigh your assets, you are maybe entitled to a public defender and you are maybe entitled to the cost of defense," Sheaffer told Channel 9's Jeff Levkulich.
Zimmerman is scheduled to be in court May 30.
Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 of the shooting teen of unarmed teen, Trayvon Martin.
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