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George Zimmerman: Hearing Today on GPS, Evidence Motions

Dec. 11, 2012

Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel

George Zimmerman
George Zimmerman

A slew of motions in the case against George Zimmerman are set to be heard by a judge in Sanford this morning.

Zimmerman, accused of second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has asked Circuit Judge Debra Nelson to remove him from court-ordered GPS monitoring, and to force prosecutors to turn over more records from state and federal investigations of the shooting.

The hearing is scheduled to start at 9 a.m., and last three hours.

Zimmerman, the defense argues in one of several motions, "needs to be able to travel more freely... for reasons of his own personal safety and... to have the ability to assist his defense" by meeting with witnesses, including experts.

Other defense motions seek more records from state and federal investigations of the Feb. 26 shooting in Sanford. Prosecutors say Zimmerman profiled 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, before killing him. Zimmerman says he fired in self-defense.

Zimmerman's bond has repeatedly been a contested issue in the case. He was granted and released on $150,000 bond soon after his arrest, but that bond was revoked after prosecutors alleged that Zimmerman and his wife had conspired to hide money.

After his re-arrest, Zimmerman was granted $1 million bond and released on GPS monitoring. The state case is currently set for trial in June.

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

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