George Zimmerman, Courtesy CBS
An attorney for George Zimmerman scheduled a press conference this afternoon regarding his client's killing of Trayvon Martin, according to news reports.
Zimmerman was not present.
One of the lawyers, Hal Uhrig, said that Zimmerman contacted the special prosecutor without notifying them, but the prosecutors told them they would not speak with him.
Zimmerman, who has been in hiding, reportedly told state prosecutors the lawyers no longer represented him.
Uhrig said he and his co-counsel will no longer represent him until it's clear he wants them as counsel.
The lawyers "had a good working relationship until the past couple of days," when Zimmerman stopped communicating with them and went into hiding, attorney Craig Sonner said.
Uhrig continued, saying that Zimmerman was "not doing well emotionally, probably suffering from post-traumatic stress," and "may have lost a lot of weight."
Attorney Craig Sonner says he doesn't believe Zimmerman will flee the country. He and Hal Uhrig say they have not met Zimmerman and had communicated him daily by texts, phone calls and email. They say he is in the United States but do not know where he is.
Sonner and Uhrigh both reiterate that they believe that the evidence shows Zimmerman "was acting in self-defense that night."
Addressing the question of, "Is George Zimmerman a racist?", Uhrig cites Zimmerman's mixed heritage -- his mother is Peruvian -- and his having friends of other races.
"He's not a member of the Aryan Nation," he says. "He's a neighborhood-watch guy."
Earlier, the lawyers said Zimmerman had contacted Sean Hannity of Fox News, off the record, and would not tell them what he said.
They said they lost contact with him Sunday and he has stopped returning their calls.
The lawyers say Zimmerman had characterized them as "legal advisers," not his attorneys. "I'm not sure what the distinction is, but in his mind there's a distinction," Uhrig said.
Before concluding, Uhrig reiterated that he and Craig Sonner could not ethically continue to represent Zimmerman because he had contacted prosecutors without their knowledge and against their advice, but that they were open to resuming as his counsel if he wanted.