George Zimmerman, who in 2013 was acquitted of charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, is suing Martin’s family and others for $100 million, the Miami Herald reports.
Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, is the lead defendant in Zimmerman’s lawsuit filed in Polk County Circuit Court. Also being sued are the former prosecutors in the previous Zimmerman case, and Harper Collins, which published a book written by Ben Crump, the attorney who represented Martin’s family.
Prosecutors during the 2013 trial said that Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was not justified in shooting and killing the unarmed black teenager, while Zimmerman claims he was acting in self-defense. The jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder.
Zimmerman’s new lawsuit, the Herald reports, cites “information in a documentary about the case that accuses the Martin family of engineering false testimony.” He’s reportedly seeking $100 million in civil damages and alleging defamation, abuse of civil process, and conspiracy.
Crump in a statement described the lawsuit as “reckless” and “another failed attempt to defend the indefensible and a shameless attempt to profit off the lives and grief of others.”
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