(CNN) — An attorney will ask a Florida judge Friday to allow George Zimmerman to post bond despite ongoing concerns about his safety amid a national uproar over his role in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman went into hiding immediately following the February 26 shooting of the unarmed, black teen after the case sparked a heated, national debate over racial profiling and saw thousands of protesters demand his arrest.
“There have been a lot of emotions that have come forward in this case, and some of those emotions have shown themselves in bad ways,” defense lawyer Mark O’Mara said this week about his client’s well-being.
Zimmerman, 28, surrendered to authorities after being charged with second-degree murder in connection with Martin’s death.
Martin’s family contends Zimmerman racially profiled their son, who was walking back from a convenience store in Sanford.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, maintains he acted in self-defense. His family says he did not profile Martin.
O’Mara will file the bond motion with the case’s new judge, Kenneth Lester Jr.