SANFORD, Fla. -- A day of few new developments in the Trayvon Martin shooting case was capped off Friday with the arrest of a Melbourne Beach man accused of sending a profane and threatening email to Sanford police Chief Bill Lee Jr.
Seminole County deputies began investigating Thursday after 68-year-old John Carnduff Stewart -- upset by the Trayvon Martin shooting investigation -- sent an 8:23 a.m. email to Lee with the subject line "Coming after you," the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said.
"You and your family deserve to be hunted down and shot like a dog, just like Trayvon Martin," Stewart wrote, according to deputies. He called the Police Department "bigoted" and "unprofessional."
"I have more weapons than your entire police department and I would love to use some of them to take you down," authorities say Stewart wrote in the email.
Earlier in the day, Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. held an impromptu news conference to introduce the two captains at the Police Department who will run the day-to-day operations after the beleaguered police chief announced Thursday that he was leaving the post "temporarily" in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Capt. Robert O'Connor, who oversaw the Trayvon investigation, and Capt. Darren Scott, will lead the department, Bonaparte said, while insisting the captains would not make any statements or answer questions.
Also Friday, WOFL-Fox 35 television reported that Altamonte Springs lawyer Craig Sonner had stepped forward and identified himself as a "legal adviser" to George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon on Feb. 26 in Sanford.
Sonner told the television station that Zimmerman was "under a lot of stress and being concerned about the grave situation he is in."
The lawyer said Zimmerman has been cooperative with Sanford police and FDLE investigators.
"I have advised him to stay out of the public eye," Sonner said, who added that he doesn't know -- and doesn't "need to know" where Zimmerman has been in hiding since the shooting.
Sanford officials on Friday also met with State Attorney Angela B. Corey, the special prosecutor appointed to the case by Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday.
Friday evening, a prayer vigil was held at Allen Chapel AME Church in Sanford. Nearly 100 people joined hands and swayed -- some with tears in their eyes -- as they prayed for justice for Trayvon. For many, the teen's death and the circumstances surrounding it feel personal.
"It could have been my nephew," said Naymie Rene, 45, a Pine Hills resident who wore a "I am Trayvon Martin" T-shirt that she designed. "I want to make sure that when he goes to 7-Eleven to buy candy, he comes home in one piece -- even if he walks through a neighborhood that doesn't look like him."
(Susan Jacobson of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report.)
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