George Zimmerman, whose name still lives in infamy among African-Americans, says he’s broke and now needs help to beat criminal charges against him in a Florida case.
Zimmerman, who was acquitted after shooting and killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, was accused of “willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly” stalking a private investigator, and now he’s saying he is $2.5 million in debt with zero income and needs a public defender to fight the case, WGNTV reports.
The details of his finances were disclosed because he had to prove that he was poor enough to get a public defender assigned to his case. In the Seminole County, Fla., court case, Zimmerman said he has no money, is unemployed, and has nothing in assets in his bank accounts and equity of property.
The charges stem from what the prosecutors characterize as Zimmerman’s harassing of a private investigator, Dennis Warren, who is working on a documentary about the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
In total, Zimmerman sent 55 phone calls, 67 text messages, 36 voicemail messages, and 27 emails to the investigator. Some of those messages were alleged to have contained threats. In one text, Zimmerman references an article which quotes him as saying “I know how to handle people who f*ck with me. I have since February of 2012.”
According to the court documents, Warren contacted the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in December of 2017 to report that he was being harassed and threatened by Zimmerman. The documentary’s producer, Mike Gasparro also shared with the sheriff’s office threatening messages he received.
“Dennis is a f*cking p*ssy 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?,” read one message from Zimmerman to Gasparro.
In one instance, according to the court documents, Zimmerman called Warren 21 times, left seven voicemails, and 38 text messages in a two-hour time-span.