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George Zimmerman Sues Trayvon Martin’s Family for $100 Million Over ‘Imposter’ Witness

George Zimmerman Sues Trayvon Martin’s Family for $100 Million Over ‘Imposter’ Witness

George Zimmerman is suing the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old black teen he was acquitted of murdering.

In addition to Martin’s family, Zimmerman is suing prosecutors and others involved in the case, the Miami Herald reported, citing a copy of the suit sent to media outlets on Wednesday.

Following Martin’s death in February 2012, police declined to charge Zimmerman. They said there was no evidence to refute his claim that he shot Martin in self-defense and so he was shielded from prosecution by Florida’s stand your ground law.

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However, following heavy, and sometimes misleading, national media coverage, Zimmerman was tried for second degree murder and manslaughter. A jury acquitted him of the charges in July 2013.

In February 2015, after a three year investigation, the Department of Justice was unable to find sufficient evidence to prosecute Zimmerman for a federal hate crime.

Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, is the lead defendant in the case.

Fulton, who campaigned for 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and rose to national prominence as a social justice activist in the wake of her son’s death, is running for a local government seat in Miami.

Zimmerman is seeking $100 million in civil damages.

In the suit, filed in Polk County Circuit Court, Zimmerman cites information in a documentary film which alleges the Martin family concocted false testimony against him.

The film in question, “The Trayvon Hoax,” was directed by Joe Gilbert, the man who released a copy of the suit to media outlets.

A screening of “The Trayvon Hoax” is set to take place alongside a press conference where Gilbert will speak on Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida.

Larry Klayman, Zimmerman’s legal representative, has claimed the prosecution’s key witness at the 2013 murder trial over Martin’s death was an “imposter.”

Klayman, a founder of government watchdog Judicial Watch, is described in media reports as a crusader for conservative causes.

According to a press release, Zimmernman’s complaint “alleges that in March 2012, the Sanford Police Department thoroughly investigated the shooting of Trayvon Martin and closed the case as self-defense” but was reopened after the Martin family’s attorney produced an audio recording of a woman “whom he said was Trayvon’s 16-year-old girlfriend who was on the phone with Trayvon just before the altercation.”

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Two weeks later, “18-year-old Rachel Jeantel, the alleged imposter, appeared before prosecutors claiming to be ‘Diamond Eugene’ and provided false statements to incriminate Zimmerman based on coaching from others,” the release said.

Cover image: George Zimmerman. (WikiMedia Commons)

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