George Zimmerman charges in Trayvon Martin case could be announced by Angela Corey in coming days

SANFORD, Florida - The special prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case says she will release new information soon, an announcement that came the same day Zimmerman's attorneys made the bombshell statement that they were resigning.

Special prosecutor Angela Corey said Tuesday she will hold a news conference within the next three days to release information on the controversial shooting case.

Corey's declaration came after the shocking news conference where Zimmerman's attorneys said they have lost contact with him and no longer represent the neighborhood watch volunteer who authorities say fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Florida.

"He has gone on his own. I'm not sure what he's doing or who he's talking to," said now-former legal adviser Craig Sonner. "If he wants us to come back as counsel, he will contact us."

Sonner, who said they last were in touch with Zimmerman on Sunday, spoke to reporters in Florida with attorney Hal Uhrig.

Uhrig said Zimmerman had, on his own, called Sean Hannity of Fox News and the office of the special prosecutor appointed to lead the investigation.

"One of the things every defense attorney tells his client is don't talk to the prosecutors. Don't talk to the cops. Frankly, don't talk to anybody until we get control of the situation and do it through counsel," said Uhrig, adding that he was concerned about his former client's "emotional and physical safety."

He said Zimmerman was "probably suffering from post-traumatic stress."

Uhrig also seemed to suggest that Zimmerman had left the state of Florida.

"You can stop looking in Florida," he said. "Look much farther away than that."

About Zimmerman, Sonner would say only, "He's in the United States."

"I still believe that he was acting in self defense that night. Nothing that I've said about him, or this case, has changed in any way," he said.

Uhrig similarly defended his former client on CNN's "AC360˚" Tuesday night.

"We believe in his case; we believe in his innocence. We were prepared to defend him all the way. But we simply cannot defend somebody who won't communicate with us and who is off the reservation talking to people we've advised him not to talk to," he said.

Tuesday night, Hannity confirmed he was in fact contacted by someone he believes was Zimmerman. They spoke on the phone and Hannity agreed not to report on the "contents of that conversation," he said.

Legal experts called the public resignation of Zimmerman's attorneys stunning.

"Oh, my God. This is just a train wreck of proportions I don't even know where to begin," said Mark Geragos, a prominent defense attorney "Who are you to be diagnosing your client's mental state when you haven't talked to him? This is inexplicable. I felt like I was watching a "Saturday Night Live" skit. I don't like to second guess other lawyers in the eye of the storm. But this is frankly one of the most outrageous things I've witnessed."

Jose Baez, a defense attorney in the high profile Casey Anthony case, agreed and said Zimmerman's attorneys could have violated attorney-client privilege provisions.

"It's unbelievable you'd get on television and talk about your client's mental state," said Baez. "The things you learn in the process of representing the client is confidential. Any conversation they had or non-conversations they had with George Zimmerman are completely protected. And the holder of this privilege is George Zimmerman, not the attorneys."

Sunny Hostin, a former prosecutor and a CNN legal analyst, said Zimmerman's lawyer's statements could hurt his case.

"I've never seen anything like this," said Hostin. "As a prosecutor you're looking at a case and now I'm worried. Is George Zimmerman a flight risk? Can I get to him if I have to issue an arrest warrant? Maybe now I'm going to bring charges a little more quickly and so this really harms George Zimmerman in the eyes of a prosecutor."

Although details of the February 26 shooting remain murky, what is known is that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an African-American, ventured out from his father's fiancee's home in Sanford to get a snack at a nearby convenience store.

As he walked back with a bag of Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea, he was shot and killed by Zimmerman, who is Hispanic and who had called 911 to complain about a suspicious person in the neighborhood, according to authorities.

Zimmerman told Sanford police the shooting was in self defense. The fact that he has not been charged with a crime has provoked demonstrations and calls for his arrest.

Martin's death has triggered a nationwide debate about race in America and Florida's "stand your ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force anywhere they feel a reasonable threat of death or serious injury.

An attorney for Martin's family, Benjamin Crump, expressed concern that Zimmerman's lawyers said they did

not know his whereabouts. If Zimmerman is charged, then authorities will need to find him to hold him accountable,

Crump said. "He's a flight risk," he said. "Right now, we're concerned about that."

Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, predicted that both she and Zimmerman himself would be better off if he were arrested. "I think it will be a sense of relief on both ends," she told CNN's Piers Morgan. "He will have a chance to have his day in court, where he can plea for his self defense, if that's what he wants to use. But we just want him to be arrested so that he can come before a judge and jury."

CNN's Martin Savidge contributed to this report.


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