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article imageGeorge Zimmerman: Homeless, has PTSD, and still receiving threats

By Arthur Weinreb     Feb 17, 2014 in Crime
Almost two years after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman says he is homeless, in debt, suffers from PTSD and is still receiving death threats. He also told the media, he was a victim in the encounter with the 17-year-old Martin.
During the weekend, Zimmerman gave two media interviews; one to CNN's Chris Cuomo and the other to the Spanish language television network, Univision.
The interviews were given as the second anniversary of Martin's death on Feb. 26, 2012, approaches. Seven months ago, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of the 17-year-old black student in Sanford, Florida.
Zimmerman told Univision, in an interview aired yesterday, that he is a constant state of fear from the death threats he constantly receives. He wears a bullet-proof vest and takes precautions when he goes out in public. He also said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The 30-year-old also said he is broke. He has no chance of getting a job and owes $2.5 million in legal fees. He turned to painting and is attempting to sell his first work for $100,000.
Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has encountered more trouble with the law that has kept him in the headlines. He received a speeding ticket and then his wife Shellie called 911 saying her husband threatened her and her father with a gun. No charges were laid but Shellie later filed for divorce.
Zimmerman got a new girlfriend who claimed he had chased her with a shotgun. Zimmerman himself called 911 and gave the dispatcher his version of events. Zimmerman was charged with assault and a restraining order was issued. The charges were later dropped and the girlfriend requested the restraining order rescinded.
Zimmerman said although if he could go back he would have stayed home the night of the Martin shooting, he has no regrets about what happened. He told CNN he was a victim that night. Zimmerman told Cuomo, "I certainly was a victim when I was having my head bashed into the concrete and my nose broken and beaten. So I wouldn't say I was not a victim."
Zimmerman said what happened that night was, in his mind, between God and him.
Zimmerman blames the media and President Obama for the fact his life will not return to normal. Although he acknowledged to Univision that the publicity began after he pulled the trigger, he said the "unfair media" coverage is responsible for the problems he is now encountering. And he blamed Obama for trying to get more votes in the 2012 election by saying Trayvon Martin could have been his son.
On Fox News, Howard Kurtz reported that a backlash has begun against CNN for keeping Martin's killer in the limelight. Defending the cable network, Kurtz says reporters interview "bad guys" all the time and pointed to interviews with Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Jody Arias.
During the weekend Zimmerman, who once wanted to be a police officer, said he would like to go back to school and become an attorney.
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