George Zimmerman's attorneys withdrew from the Trayvon Martin case Tuesday, saying they have lost contact with their client and that Zimmerman has been speaking with people without their consent, news sources report.
The lawyers Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig claim Zimmerman has not been returning their phone calls or emails since Sunday, but he called special prosecutor Angela Corey and Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity even after they instructed him not to speak to anyone about the case, the Miami Herald reported.
Zimmerman's lawyers said Corey refused to talk to Zimmerman without his attorneys' consent and Hannity wouldn't tell them what was discussed, the Star Tribune reported.
Zimmerman also set up his own website, www.therealgeorgezimmerman.com, even as his lawyers were creating one for him at his request. Visitors to the site can donate money to cover Zimmerman's living and legal expenses, the Miami Herald reported.
"As of the last couple days he has not returned phone calls, text messages or emails," the Star Tribune quoted Sonner from a news conference outside the courthouse. "He's gone on his own. I'm not sure what he's doing or who he's talking to. I cannot go forward speaking to the public about George Zimmerman and this case as representing him because I've lost contact with him."
Zimmerman, 28, shot Martin, 17, on Feb. 26 in the gated community in Sanford, Fla., but claimed the death was in self-defense. The news from Zimmerman's lawyers comes as many believe the special prosecutor is nearing a decision of whether to charge Zimmerman with a crime, the Star Tribune reported.
During the press conference, Sonner and Uhrig noted that Zimmerman has been under extreme pressure, and questioned his mental stability.
"This has been a terribly corrosive process. George Zimmerman, in our opinion, and from information made available to us, is not doing well emotionally, probably suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. We understand from others that he may have lost a lot of weight," Uhrig said, according to the Star Tribune.
"To handle it this way suggests that he may not be in complete control of what's going on. We're concerned for his emotional and physical safety."