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Zimmerman Lawyers Begin Depositions, Interview Crime Lab Specialists

Sept. 28, 2012

Jeff Weiner and Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel

George Zimmerman
George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman's defense attorneys have begun the process of deposing prosecution witnesses in the second-degree murder case he faces in the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

In a court notice filed in Seminole County on Thursday, Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara indicated that he had conducted depositions with several members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement the previous day.

That includes an FDLE crime lab analyst who tested evidence in the case for DNA, including Zimmerman's gun, his flashlight, his holster and his and Trayvon's clothing.

Those tests failed to find Trayvon's DNA on the gun, which Zimmerman says Trayvon reached for before the fatal shooting. Zimmerman's DNA was found on the teen and vice-versa, suggesting the two were in close contact.

The deposition process is a routine element of trial preparation, in which the state and defense conduct out-of-court interrogations with witnesses expected to testify for the opposition.

The witnesses interviewed by O'Mara on Wednesday are likely the first of many.

Zimmerman wasn't arrested immediately after his Feb. 26 shooting of the unarmed teen, eventually sparking international outrage. He says Trayvon attacked and injured him. Prosecutors say he profiled and stalked the teen.

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

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