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First George Zimmerman Trial Subpoena Goes Out

May 8, 2013
George Zimmerman

In yet another sign that the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial is just weeks away, today the first trial subpoena was returned to the Seminole County Courthouse.

It is for Jeffrey Morales, custodian of records at the Seminole County Jail. Special Prosecutor Angela Corey sent it to him Friday, ordering him to be ready to appear June 10 or any day thereafter as long as the trial lasts.

June 10 is the day it's to begin. It's not clear how long it will last. On Tuesday, defense attorney Mark O'Mara predicted jury selection would take two to three weeks and the rest of the trial another two to three weeks.

It's not clear why prosecutors have subpoenaed the head of records at the jail where Zimmerman was locked up for several weeks, but he is likely among hundreds of witnesses who are being notified to get ready to appear.

Zimmerman is accused of killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford. Zimmerman was a Neighborhood Watch volunteer who had called police that evening, describing Trayvon as suspicious.

Prosecutors say Zimmerman is guilty of profiling the high school junior, assuming he was about to commit a crime and murdering him.

Zimmerman told police he acted in self-defense after Trayvon attacked him, breaking his nose and leaving the back of his head gashed and bloody.



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