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Zimmerman Wants Trayvon Martin's Social Media Records

Oct. 8, 2012

Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel

A new hearing has been set in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder case, during which his attorneys will ask a judge to allow them to subpoena the school and social media records of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman's defense has asked for subpoenas for records from the teenager's middle and high schools, as well as his Twitter and Facebook accounts. A hearing has been set for Oct. 19.

Zimmerman, 29, fatally shot the Miami Gardens 17-year-old Feb. 26 in Sanford. Authorities allege he profiled and pursued the teen. Zimmerman says he fired in self-defense after Trayvon attacked him.

Zimmerman's defense is also asking for a continuance. In a motion, the defense team writes that "at least 50-75" witness depositions must be completed in the case before it will be ready for trial.

The defense team also submitted its response to a filing by the state which referred to the requests for Trayvon's school records as a "fishing expedition." In one of several new filings, defense attorney Mark O'Mara writes that the requests are part of a "well thought out plan to focus on potentially relevant and admissible information."

O'Mara also noted that the state has gathered Zimmerman's high school records from Manassas, Va.

"Yet, when the same exact documents are requested regarding Trayvon Martin, the State denigrates the request as a fishing expedition," O'Mara writes. "The irony is rich."

Source: (c)2012 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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