The judge in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder case on Wednesday signed subpoenas for Trayvon Martin's school records, something his family and prosecutors had fought to stop.
The move came was not a surprise but the timing was. Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson had ruled more than a month ago that Zimmerman was entitled to the records.
However, court records made public today show that defense attorney Mark O'Mara did not present the necessary paperwork to the judge until yesterday, when she signed them.
The 29-year-old Zimmerman killed Trayvon, an unarmed 17-year-old, Feb. 26 in Sanford. The defendant says he acted in self-defense.
Trayvon was serving a 10-day school suspension at the time of the shooting after officials at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Miami found him with an empty marijuana baggie, according to Sanford police. Related story: "George Zimmerman to Sell Autographs to Pay Expenses"
The Miami Herald has reported that he had been suspended before and had once been found with several pieces of women's jewelry in his backpack and a screwdriver that authorities characterized as a burglary tool.
The judge ruled that O'Mara was entitled to the records as part of his investigation into Trayvon and the case.
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