Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Tentative June trial set in Trayvon Martin death
First Published Oct 17 2012 11:20 am • Last Updated Oct 17 2012 11:43 am

SANFORD, Fla. • A judge set a tentative trial date next year for a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.

In her first hearing since taking over the case, Judge Debra S. Nelson said June 10 would be the start of George Zimmerman’s trial, though the date could change as both sides get prepared for what is expected to be a three-week trial.

Photos
Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the February shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin. Zimmerman claims he was attacked and the shooting was self-defense.

Zimmerman’s defense team tweeted after the hearing that they will likely ask for a "stand your ground" hearing in April or May. Under Florida law, Zimmerman can request the hearing and argue his self-defense case before the trial. If the judge were to side with Zimmerman, the murder charge would be dismissed and there would be no trial.

Nelson took over the case in August after an appeals’ court said Judge Kenneth Lester should be removed for making disparaging remarks about Zimmerman’s character. Lester also advocated for additional charges against Zimmerman during a bond hearing, saying he lied to the judge about how much money he had.

Zimmerman, who is free on bail, was not at the hearing Wednesday. His attorneys will be back in court Friday to argue several motions.

They have said in court documents that prosecutors aren’t turning information over in a timely manner and they are not getting all of the evidence they have asked for.

"I’m hoping Friday’s hearing will give us a good idea of how quickly we’re gonna get discovery," O’Mara said after hearing.

He said Friday’s hearing could be central to the timetable for everything going forward.

Attorneys for more than a dozen media organizations, including The Associated Press, will also be there to fight efforts by the prosecutor to seal defense subpoenas and other case records.


story continues below
story continues below

Also, a hearing for Zimmerman’s wife was delayed until December. Shellie Zimmerman was charged with perjury after prosecutors said she misled the court about how much her husband and she had for his bail.



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.