George Zimmerman's Former Attorney Charged With Witness Tampering in Child Rape Case

An attorney who represented George Zimmerman faces charges of witness tampering after being arrested in Florida.

Hal Uhrig, 75, was charged with solicitation to commit perjury and tampering with or harassing a witness, victim or informant following his arrest on Monday morning, reported News6 WKMG.

Police said the alleged incident happened several years ago while Uhrig represented a man who was charged with raping a child.

Uhrig is accused of holding a meeting with the accused rapist, the 9-year-old victim and the victim's father.

Sheriff Marcos Lopez of the Osceola County Sheriff's Office told the network: "The point of the meeting was to keep the rapist from going to jail.

"The attorney instructed the victim and her father that they should do three things. Write a declination, basically a letter, to the state attorney saying the rape didn't happen, avoid being served with a subpoena so you don't have to go to court to testify and lie during your deposition and say the rape didn't happen."

Lopez later added: "I think that this wasn't his first rodeo. And you know, unless somebody else comes forward we won't know that, but that's what I suspect at this time."

He also said the father was wearing a wire during his meeting with Uhrig and that the attorney asked him to turn off his cellphone and to read a script off a computer screen.

Police informed the state attorney's office about the information in July.

Uhrig was arrested on his way to court.

Uhrig told the network: "I showed up for a hearing this morning and before I could get to the elevator this morning, I was arrested."

When asked about the charges against him, Uhrig replied: "Didn't happen. Be happy to hear the recording."

Uhrig is set to make his first court appearance today.

Newsweek has contacted the Osceola County Sheriff's Office and Uhrig for comment.

According to his website, Uhrig has more than 42 years of legal experience and was the lead defense attorney in the nation's first four DNA evidence trials.

He is also well-known for representing Zimmerman in the high-profile case following the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

The following year, Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder as well as the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Hal Uhrig represented George Zimmerman
Hal Uhrig was arrested and charged with solicitation to commit perjury and tampering with or harassing a witness, victim or informant on Monday. In this photo, Hal Uhrig, a former attorney for George Zimmerman, speaks with the media about having lost contact with their client who was accused of killing Trayvon Martin on April 10, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle / Staff/Getty