Friends say Zimmerman’s next step might be law school: After his acquittal on murder charges for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman may go to law school to help people wrongly accused of crimes like himself, close friends told Reuters.
The 29-year old was found not guilty for shooting the unarmed teenager in a case that sparked a national debate on race and gun laws.
One of Zimmerman’s first calls was to defense witness John Donnelly and his wife Leanne Benjamin. They got to know Zimmerman in 2004 when he and a black friend opened up an insurance office in a Florida building where Benjamin worked, and they grew close and the couple spent time with him during the trial.
Over dinner with Zimmerman recently, Benjamin said he told them he would like to go to law school. “I’d like to help other people like me,” she quoted him as telling them.
Zimmerman, an insurance investigator, attended community college and was a credit shy of an associate’s degree in criminal justice but was kicked out of school because he posed a danger to the campus, according to family sources.
Photo: George Zimmerman stands when the jury arrives to deliver the verdict as his attorneys Mark O’Mara (L) and co-counsel, Don West (2nd L) and Lorna Truett (2nd R) at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, Florida. REUTERS/Joe Burbank/Pool