George Zimmerman painting of Angela Corey draws strong views
Zimmerman's brother tweets details of portrait of state attorney
George Zimmerman is releasing a new piece of artwork, this one portraying State Attorney Angela Corey -- the special prosecutor who charged him with second-degree murder.
Robert Zimmerman Jr. posted his brother's new painting Wednesday on Twitter. "Very proud to introduce @TherealGeorgeZ's latest ... "Angie," Robert Zimmerman said in the tweet.
The painting uses shades of red and orange to depict Corey holding her thumb and fingers together. Text on the piece reads, "I have this much respect for the American judicial system."
Zimmerman was acquitted in July in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman's attorneys successfully argued that he shot Martin in self-defense.
The original tweet said details of how to buy the picture were to be released on Thursday, but as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, there was no additional information about how the painting would be sold.
George Zimmerman's last painting, depicting a U.S. flag in shades of blue with the words "God, One Nation, with Liberty and Justice for All," sold last month on eBay for $100,099.99.
Channel 4, CNN and other media outlets have left phone and email messages with Corey's office for her reaction to the painting, but there has been no response.
Opinions of artists and curators were mixed on whether they considered the new portrait art or an attempt to make money on Zimmerman's behalf -- but none of them would go on the record.
Of people in Jacksonville would talk about the painting, none would consider bidding on Zimmerman's artwork:
- Servan Georgiv: "I don't like his picture, he doesn't deserve to make a penny off this picture, he deserves to be in jail."
- David Myron: "I think he'll make a lot of money selling it. It's a free country; what else can we say?"
- Carnell Oliver: "I think George Zimmerman is the type of person that needs to lay low -- period."
- Addie Starks: "If he were really sorry for killing Trayvon, he wouldn't try to make money off of it."
Zimmerman has been in and out of the spotlight since his July acquittal of murder charges.
In December, Florida prosecutors said they would not charge Zimmerman after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend in November resulted in his arrest. Previously, he was stopped several times for speeding.
Zimmerman told a judge in November he had $150 to his name and was $2.5 million in debt. Sources tell Channel 4 that Zimmerman has left Central Florida, moving to an undisclosed location in Texas.
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