In a news conference Tuesday, attorneys for George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, say they have lost contact with Zimmerman and are no longer representing him.
Jose Baez, the defense attorney who represented Casey Anthony, told HLN’s Dr. Drew Tuesday night, “The way these attorneys handled this situation was nothing short of a train wreck in my opinion.”
Baez added, “The central Florida community is extremely sensitive and volatile right now. I think the last thing this case needs is this kid of attention -- this kind of bizarre behavior.”
Zimmerman’s now former attorney Hal Uhrig said Zimmerman contacted the office of the special prosecutor appointed to lead the investigation on his own.
"One of the things every defense attorney tells his client is don't talk to the prosecutors," Uhrig explained, adding that he is concerned about his former client's "emotional and physical safety."Uhrig also told reporters, "For those of you engaged in the late Easter egg hunt looking for him, you can stop looking in Florida. Look much further away than that.”
Zimmerman’s legal adviser Craig Sonner would say only, "He's in the United States."
Baez expressed to Dr. Drew the importance of attorney-client confidentiality.
“The communications between you and your client aren’t the only thing that’s protected," he said. "It’s also the confidences, which means, anything that you learn or gain in the process of representing your client cannot be divulged without the client’s consent."
Baez thinks the attorneys should have just issued a statement.
“I can’t begin to guess what they were thinking," he said. "Maybe there’s something that I don’t know -- some other motive behind this strategy that I don’t know."
HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell later asked Baez if he had been contacted by George Zimmerman.
Baez replied, “You know, it’s bad business practice to ever divulge whether a certain person is calling you or not. So you’ll never get that from me. I would do that in any case, so don’t draw anything from that.”