On the heels of a ruling which saw George Zimmerman lose a series of potentially crucial pretrial motions, tonight Piers Morgan spoke live with lawyers working either side of the case centered around the 2012 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
Representing Zimmerman, attorney Mark O'Mara attempted to explain why his client has undergone such a dramatic change in his physical appearance:
"He's facing a prosecution where they're trying to put him in prison for life for an event that he believes he acted reasonably and in the only way that he could," O'Mara told the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "He is in hiding because he can't go out in public. He's gained an enormous amount of weight, over 120 - 125 pounds - I think, because he's sitting in a house stressed, trying to deal with the moniker that's been put on him that he's the most hated man in America for taking the life of somebody when he really feels that he needed to. Nobody takes the life of another lightly, and neither does George. And it's obviously showing in the stress and the way he handles it with [an] enormous amount of weight gain."
Benjamin Crump meanwhile, the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family, continued his assertion that the upcoming trial will be about more than simply self defense:
"This is a civil rights slash equal justice case, Piers. It is the whole world watching to see if everybody in America can get equal justice," he stated. "The police didn't even do a drug and alcohol analysis on a self-confessed killer of an unarmed kid. They didn't even do a background check. They took his word as the gospel. They didn't knock on doors to see if this was somebody's kid. They just assumed what George Zimmerman's stereotypical belief was, that this was a criminal, 'these a-holes always get away.' That's the objective evidence in this case."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as O'Mara and Crump address additional aspects of a case that is set to begin in roughly two weeks.
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