In court Recksiedler also announced that her husband works for the law firm of Mark NeJame, who will be doing commentary on the case on CNN. She said she had an ethical obligation to let Zimmerman’s attorney know, in case he would like to ask her to step down.
Zimmerman was charged Wednesday with 2nd-degree murder for the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a case that has dominated headlines around the nation for more than a month.
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey released the probable cause affidavit for Zimmerman’s charge on Thursday, where she cited that Zimmerman “profiled” Martin and also confronted the boy before the shooting.
Missing from the affidavit, however, was Zimmerman’s account of the evening of Feb. 26. Corey cited Martin’s girlfriend testimony, where the girl claims she was on the phone with Martin when Zimmerman approached him.
Corey also cited Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, who stated to investigators that the voice crying for help in the background of one 911 call made that night was her son.
The account of the event seems to be a direct contradiction to what former Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. told reporters shortly after the incident took place. Lee, who only commented on the case briefly, told the public that Zimmerman claimed he was returning to his car when Martin attacked him.
Interviews with Zimmerman’s brother and father also confirmed that story, along with the claim that Zimmerman’s nose was broken and Martin slammed his head into the concrete before the fatal shot.
Zimmerman made his first appearance in court on Thursday where he only spoke twice during the appearance, answering “Yes sir,” to Seminole County Judge Mark Herr, who appeared via satellite.
The same day Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara announced to press that Zimmerman would enter a plea of not guilty and request bond once they have a safe place for the client to stay.
For now, Zimmerman is in administrative confinement in the Seminole County jail.
After the court appearance Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda, part of Special Prosecutor Angela Corey’s team, spoke outside the courthouse about the case but would give little details how they came to file the 2nd-degree murder charge.
“We felt it is was the appropriate charge. We looked at all the evidence and we applied the law,” he said. “We will make all arguments in the courtroom and that’s where it should be.”
O’Mara also spoke after the appearance and said that Zimmerman is frightened and tired but glad the process for his case will be able to take place.
“I think he’s in a good place, although he does not want to be here [jail],” said O’Mara.
The attorney would not comment on Martin’s family, or give any messages from Zimmerman.
“Obviously it was a horrible intersection of two young men’s lives and it ended in tragedy,” he said.
As far as the future, the defender stated it was too early to tell if Zimmerman would end up on trial.
O’Mara said, “We’re not taking any possibilities off the table of how this case will be resolved.”
Zimmerman’s arraignment is set for May 29, where he will be able to enter his plea.