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An attorney who successfully saved a motorcycle gang member from execution has joined George Zimmerman’s defence team.Orlando attorney Donald West is known for saving Joseph “Crazy Joe” Spaziano from death row after Spaziano was convicted of raping and murdering an Orlando teenager.
And now he has joined the fight to get Zimmerman acquitted of second-degree murder charges, the Sun Sentinel reported.
Zimmerman is on trial after shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a Florida townhouse complex.
West was brought into Zimmerman’s team after having dinner with Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s current attorney.
“I hadn’t seriously considered being involved in the case, then just by coincidence, Mark and I wound up going out together. … We talked about it,” West told the Sun Sentinel. “I was flattered when he was interested.”
While he doesn’t know if he will be paid for representing Zimmerman, West said he was committed to the case and excited about the opportunity.
“It’ll be quite a challenge. … This seemed like the right case,” he told the Sun Sentinel.
Zimmerman’s defence team is expected in court Friday to argue that at least some evidence in the case should be kept confidential.
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