Mark O'Mara to represent former city commissioner charged with murder

Michael Dunn, 47, accused of fatally shooting accused shoplifter


Mark O'Mara, George Zimmerman's Attorney, addresses the media following the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial on July 13, 2013.

BARTOW, Fla. - The attorney who defended George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin has joined the legal team of a former Florida city commissioner charged with fatally shooting a man he accused of shoplifting.

The Ledger reports that Mark O'Mara will join 47-year-old Michael Dunn's other attorney, Rusty Franklin, at a Thursday morning hearing seeking pretrial release from jail.

Surveillance video released to the public shows Dunn shooting 50-year-old Cristobal Lopez on Oct. 3. Dunn was charged with second-degree murder last week and resigned Monday from the Lakeland City Commission.

O'Mara represented Zimmerman after he fatally shot a teenage Martin in central Florida in 2012. Martin was black. Zimmerman identifies as Hispanic. He claimed self-defense and was acquitted.

O'Mara went on to become a legal analyst for CNN.


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