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Attorney for Fla watch captain who fatally shot unarmed black teen says client not a racist
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ' An attorney for a neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager last month in Florida says his client is not racist and that the facts will show he acted in self-defense.
Orlando criminal defense attorney Craig Sonner said Friday on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 that he has advised 28-year-old George Zimmerman to cooperate in the investigation into the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman told Sanford police that he shot Martin after a fight Feb. 26 and that it was in self-defense.
The lack of an arrest has brought outrage in the Orlando suburb and across the country. Some have suggested racism as the motive. Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Hispanic.
However, Sonner says he doesn't believe Zimmerman's actions were motivated by dislike of African-Americans.