36-year-old Zimmerman filed suit against Martin's family, their attorneys and the prosecutors for damages in excess of $100 million.
According to the Sun Sentinel, "The lawsuit alleges 'malicious prosecution' by prosecutors, defamation by both Martin’s defense attorney and a book publishing company, and 'civil conspiracy' by Martin’s family and lawyer 'to put on a false witness with a made-to-order false storyline to try to fraudulently create probable cause to' get a conviction."
One of the key arguments by Zimmerman's attorney is a conspiracy centered around a witness named Rachel Jeantel who allegedly provided false statements to investigators.
According to the lawsuit, "Defendant Jeantel lied repeatedly about having a relationship with Trayvon, about being on the phone with Trayvon in the days and minutes up to his death, and lied about everything she claimed to have heard over the phone in the hours and minutes prior to Trayvon’s death. Defendant Jeantel also lied about her identity, falsely claiming her nickname to be 'Diamond Eugene.'"