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George, Shellie Zimmerman Attorneys Back in Court Wednesday

Oct. 17, 2012

Rene Stutzman

Attorneys for George and Shellie Zimmerman are scheduled to be in court this morning.

George Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, in Sanford Feb. 26, a homicide that set off weeks of civil rights rallies across the country.

Shellie Zimmerman, 25, is charged with perjury. Prosecutors say she lied at her husband's first bond hearing when she testified that the couple was broke.

Both are living in hiding in Seminole County.

Neither defendant is expected to appear in court today. Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson is expected to ask the state and defense in each case whether they are ready for trial.

Defense attorneys are not.

Nearly two weeks ago, George Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, formally asked for a delay. This week, co-counsel Don West filed paperwork, complaining that the special prosecutor in the case has failed to turn over all the evidence that's required and had been uncooperative.

There's another hearing in his case Friday. Among the things the judge will then hear is an argument about whether to allow O'Mara to subpoena Trayvon's school records and whether the public should know about future defense subpoenas and what evidence they produce.

She'll also hear argument about whether prosecutors are entitled to George Zimmerman's medical records.

Also tomorrow, defense attorneys in George Zimmerman's case are scheduled to depose four Sanford police officers, including one who conducted a voice-stress test -- something similar to a lie detector test -- on Zimmerman and concluded he was telling the truth.

That's to be followed by depositions on Thursday of four more Sanford cops and four Sanford fire-rescue employees who were at the scene the night of the shooting.



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