George Zimmerman drops public defender, hires Miami lawyer

George Zimmerman, the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer acquitted of murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, will no longer be represented by a public defender in his domestic violence case.

Zimmerman, 30, was arrested last week, accused of pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, smashing a glass table, forcing her from her home and barricading himself inside during a domestic dispute.

Zimmerman was represented by the 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office during his first appearance before a judge on Tuesday, the day after his arrest. He was granted $9,000 bail, and bonded out that day.

However, Zimmerman has now elected to drop the Public Defender’s Office and hire Jayne Weintraub, a south Florida private criminal defense attorney, to represent him, according to his former public defender, Jeff Dowdy.

via Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel