When a cousin of George Zimmerman, the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, accused him of sexual molestation, Zimmerman’s lawyers were dismissive of the charge. Defense attorney Mark O’Mara immediately attempted to discredit the young woman, telling the Miami Herald she tried to sell her story to People magazine.
The Miami Herald reporter checked with People and tweeted today, “People magazine tells me Zimmerman’s cousin never approached them for money or a story.”
“Witness 9,” as the woman is named in evidence, detailed several incidents where Zimmerman allegedly touched her or forced her to touch him. The molestation started when she was 12 years old and continued for ten years. Trayvon Martin’s attorneys are attempting to get this evidence admitted into court, as the woman’s testimony could show Zimmerman has an alleged “history of violence and manipulation.” Zimmerman’s attorneys are trying to block the testimony, arguing that it would hurt his chances for a fair trial.
The Zimmerman defense has been plagued with dishonesty. Zimmerman’s wife was arrested for perjury in June after lying on the stand about the couple’s finances. Zimmerman himself also misled the court about his finances and hid the fact that he had a second passport, leading the judge to revoke his bond.