Per WFTV in Orlando (video), the FBI is looking into a hate crime charge against George Zimmerman. Adding that charge, if he’s found guilty, he could face life in prison or the death penalty.
Of course, prosecutors would have to prove that he acted out of hatred of African Americans, enough hatred to motivate his shooting of Trayvon Martin.
As of late Monday, Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, told WFTV that he’s gotten the first prosecution documents containing the evidence against his client. O’Mara said he’s gotten a redacted witness list with 22 witnesses listed only as numbers.
O’Mara said he believes there are recorded interviews and some documents, but he said he hasn’t even opened it yet. [...]
O’Mara, wants Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. to keep some of the key evidence, especially witness statements, out of the public eye by writing a motion to keep it sealed. [...]
In the meantime, a photograph recently surfaced which is said to show Zimmerman’s mother in the arms of her grandfather, who is black. [...]
State prosecutors said Zimmerman gave several inconsistent statements to Sanford police, which is, in part, their basis for charging him with second-degree murder.