High-profile Fla. lawyer to join Zimmerman defense

A new attorney is joining the legal team representing George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin earlier this year.

The Orlando Sentinel (http://thesent.nl/Jy1HKb ) reports lead defense attorney Mark O'Mara plans to announce Friday that veteran Orlando attorney Donald R. West will join his team.

West, who specializes in murder cases, has handled some of the most high-profile cases in central Florida over the past two decades.

He represented Orlando music mogul Lou Pearlman on bank, mail and wire fraud charges. In 1998, he helped Joe "Crazy Joe" Spaziano get off death row. Sapziano is a former motorcycle gang member who was convicted of raping and murdering an Orlando teen.

The Sentinel reports O'Mara and West are longtime friends.


Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com