The Huffington Post Andy Campbell First Posted: 06/08/12 08:13 AM ET Updated: 06/08/12 11:27 AM ET
The moment Junior Alexander Guy activated his very first cell phone, calls started rolling in.
He was threatened, harassed and accused of murder at all hours of the day and night, according to the Orlando Sun-Sentinel.
"You deserve to die," the callers would say. "You murderer!"
Turns out that T-Mobile had given Guy the cell phone number formerly used by George Zimmerman -- the man who in February shot and killed Trayvon Martin in Florida.
When Zimmerman's 911 tape was released, so was his number: 407-435-2400. Zimmerman got rid of the number and it was given to 49-year-old Guy, who got his first cell phone on May 7, Newscore reported.
Guy received about 70 threatening calls between the 7th and the 16th, when he turned the phone over to a lawyer and demanded compensation from T-Mobile. But the cell company refused, saying that Guy was provided with a new number and credit toward his bill.
T-Mobile then retired Zimmerman's old cell phone number so nobody else would be threatened.
Zimmerman, 28, was charged with murder after he shot and killed 17-year-old Martin, who was unarmed during the Feb. 26 incident. He claims the shooting was in self defense and pleaded not guilty. His bond was recently revoked and he has returned to jail.
The killing of Martin sparked a national uproar over Zimmerman, the responsibilities of a neighborhood watch volunteer, and race.