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Zimmerman's lawyers withdraw from shooting case

BREAKING — The attorneys for George Zimmerman, the community watch volunteer who fatally shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, said today they have lost touch with their client and are withdrawing from the case.

Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig said at a news conference outside the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, Fla., that they have not talked to Zimmerman, whose location is not known, in person in at least two days but in the past had spoken with him over the phone.

“We can’t represent him unless he comes forward and asks us,” Uhrig said.

Sonner and Uhrig said they were concerned that Zimmerman had telephoned the special prosecutor probing the case directly, set up a legal defense fund website and may have spoken with Fox Television commentator Sean Hannity, all without their knowledge. 

Zimmerman is the neighborhood watch volunteer who has admitted to fatally shooting the 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26.

Ben Crump, an attorney for Martin's family, said they're concerned that Zimmerman could be a flight risk if he is charged with a crime.

"At this point, we're just concerned that nobody knows where he is at. Nobody knows how to get to him," Crump said.

Ed will have full coverage of these developments tonight on The Ed Show at 8pET on MSNBC!