Zimmerman’s lawyer tears up talking case

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George Zimmerman’s new lawyer, Mark O’Mara, extended his condolences to Trayvon Martin’s family during an exclusive interview with msnbc’s Lawrence O’Donnell.

“It was horrible what they now have to live through. However it occurred, it’s extraordinarily sad — you should never lose a child for any reason,” he said, wiping a tear away from his eye.

At a press conference Wednesday, special prosecutor Angela Corey announced a second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman in the killing of the unarmed African American teenager.

While politely refusing to discuss details in the defense of Trayvon Martin’s killer, O’Mara suggested Zimmerman’s previous legal team may have hurt the defense.

“Anyone who puts out evidence in a piecemeal fashion damages the case,” he told O’Donnell. “Any comment right now on the evidence, whether it is presented by a family member or attorney, I believe is inappropriate at this point.”

O’Donnell thanked him for his professionalism, both in the interview and his handling of the case thus far. Today was his first day on the job and he said planned to visit with Zimmerman directly following our interview.

The last lawyer representing Zimmerman fled from our set minutes before air, leaving only an empty chair ripe for questioning.

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin

Zimmerman's lawyer tears up talking case

Updated