The widow of Antonio Zambrano-Montes has decided to switch attorneys again and be represented by a Yakima attorney who originally filed a $25 million claim against the city of Pasco, according to a copy of the letter sent to the Herald.
Teresa De Jesus Meraz Ruiz sent the letter to Seattle-area attorney Charles Herrmann notifying him of the change. She has rehired her original attorneys George Paul Trejo Jr. and Angel Carrazco of California.
Trejo filed the three days after Zambrano-Montes was shot during a confrontation with Pasco police. The shooting has sparked widespread controversy and led to protests locally.
Herrmann — who replaced Trejo a little more than a week after the shooting — withdrew the claim. He called it premature, badly planned and done without the consent of Meraz Ruiz.
Other Zambrano family members, including Zambrano-Montes’ mother, are being represented by high-profile Florida attorneys Benjamin Crump and Jose Baez.
A spokesperson for Crump confirmed to the Herald the attorneys are still on the case.