(Reuters) - George Zimmerman, the man whose fatal shooting of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin a year ago captured the nation's attention, wears a disguise or body armor in public as he feels threatened, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
Zimmerman remains in hiding and "can't go out in public without wearing a disguise or body armor," defense attorney Mark O'Mara told CNN.
Zimmerman claims to have mistaken Martin, who was 17, for a burglar and to have shot him in self defense after a confrontation on February 26, 2012.
After police initially questioned and released Zimmerman, citing Florida's so-called Stand Your Ground gun law, celebrity protests and nationwide public demonstrations prompted a re-investigation that led to his arrest for murder.
Martin's parents attended a one-year anniversary vigil in New York City late Tuesday, and continued their call for stricter gun laws nationwide.
Passed in 2005, Florida's Stand Your Ground law allows people to use lethal force in self-defense. Numerous states have since passed similar laws.
Critics of the law say it encourages vigilantes and fosters gun violence.
The uproar after Martin's killing led the local police chief to step aside and the governor to appoint a special prosecutor, who charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder.
The trial is scheduled for June.
O'Mara will ask a judge to dismiss the charges on the grounds of self-defense, at a much-anticipated pre-trial hearing on April 29.
O'Mara said Martin badly beat Zimmerman after a confrontation inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida.
"George didn't have an opportunity to retreat, so calling this a 'Stand Your Ground' hearing in not accurate," O'Mara told CNN Wednesday.
O'Mara said Zimmerman was "very stressed (and) very worried" about the trial and has remained in hiding for the past year.
Zimmerman created the situation all by himself, and should face trial for his actions. He chased down the kid at night in his car with no justificationi. Then got out and ended up in a fight after being told by the police to stay out of it and let the in route officer take care of it. This led to him ending up on the lossing end of a fist fight and shooting the kid. Whom by Zimmermans own actions had a legitimate reason to fear for his life, and safety, and this is the reason Zimmerman should be tried, but I don't think this warrants a 2nd degree murder charge.
I don't believe tracking a kid, calling 911 and being told NOT to confront the kid, was "defending himself"? Sorry I'm late in responding, but I had to wipe up the coffee I spluttered when I read your "tribute" to Zimmerman.
You still perpetrating that lie? Martin tracked Zimmerman. Zimmerman reurned to his car, and was atacked by Martin right near his car. A witness, and ugly blood evidence of Zimmerman's head. Zimmerman will be equitted, all your liberal lies identified, and you'll move on to someting else yoiu think you can win political capital on by lying...what's new?
Since you thinks it's OK to convict a man without due process let's just do the same with this thug Trayvon who was most certainly soon going to be headed to prison anyway and give a medal for saving the State of Florida 50 grand a year to house him.
If CG had a son, he would look like...
But we all know CG doesn't have a son because if he did, he wouldn't have been #$%$ about having to put his Twinkie down and go 20 feet to his mailbox in the snow to get his WC!