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June 15th, 2012
08:23 PM ET

New evidence to be released in Zimmerman case: 21 witnesses, 6 jailhouse calls

Earlier in the week the trial judge in the Trayvon Martin shooting case ordered the release of additional evidence.

The state release hundreds of pages of new evidence, including statements from 21 unnamed witnesses and 6 jailhouse calls. George Zimmerman's defense attorney Mark O'Mara plans to file a motion on Monday to limit the amount of calls heard by the public.

Regarding Mr. Zimmerman's phone conversations while in jail

On Monday, we will be filing a motion to seek a clarification from the Court about the order regarding Mr. Zimmerman’s phone conversations while in jail. Our motion will contend that the majority of the phone calls are personal and irrelevant to the charges against Mr. Zimmerman or issues surrounding the next bond hearing. Moreover, the public release of these phone calls could jeopardize the privacy of friends and family of Mr. Zimmerman who are unrelated to the case. We will not be objecting to the release of phone calls that include conversations relevant to the bond hearing or the charges Mr. Zimmerman faces.

More evidence to be released in Trayvon Martin case, judge rules

A judge has ordered the release of additional evidence in the Trayvon Martin case, including an autopsy report, photographs of the crime scene and details of what George Zimmerman said to police the night he shot the Florida teen.

Attorneys for Zimmerman had argued that his conversations with Sanford, Florida, police the night of the February 26 shooting should not be made public under a state law dealing with "the substance of a confession of a person arrested," but Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. ruled Tuesday that the law did not apply.

"The only element conceded by the defendant is that he shot and killed the victim, but he does not concede any other elements of second-degree murder. ... Since the defendant admitted at his bond hearing that he shot the victim, disclosure of those statements will not impact the defendant's right to a fair trial," Lester said in a written order. His ruling was in response to media requests for the release of more information in the case.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. ouisee

    Keeping the story alive, does not bring Trayvon Martin back alive. Zimmerman would not be here, in this state of affairs, if he were just minding his own business. The story should be on the forefront because what he did is a lesson to other vigilantes that you cannot just kill someone because you have some perverted since of righteousness to be a super hero.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:51 am | Reply
  2. keep

    The story is kept alive because zimmerman has told a lie!

    June 18, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  3. busted

    The story is alive, because zimmerman has lied!

    June 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  4. busted

    The story is alive because someone is dead

    June 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  5. busted

    The story is being kept alive, because someone is dead.

    June 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  6. Idunno

    Love how they're trying to keep this story alive. Don't you get everything like this is just a flavor of the week?

    June 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
    • Beel

      Love how you are keeping this story alive by clicking on the links. They wouldn't cover it if you weren't clicking on it... that's the way it works.

      June 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply

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