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George Zimmerman Denied Delay Of Trayvon Martin Trial

3:05 pm - 02/06/2013

* Trial to start as scheduled on June 10

* Pre-trial hearing comes as slain youth would have turned 18

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb 5 (Reuters) - A Florida judge on Tuesday rejected a bid by George Zimmerman to delay his June trial for the murder of unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin, whom he shot and killed a year ago this month.

"I don't see any of your issues as insurmountable," Seminole County Circuit Court Judge Debra Nelson said in denying a motion by Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, for a continuance in the racially charged trial.

A memorial service for Martin, who would have turned 18 on Tuesday, was held on the courthouse lawn before the hearing got under way.

Before ruling, Nelson noted she had set aside several full days of court time for Zimmerman's defense attorneys and prosecutors to bring issues before the court, but most of that time had gone unused.

She also said O'Mara had been working on Zimmerman's defense since April 2012 and still has another four months to prepare for the June 10 trial.

O'Mara had told reporters he needed at least another six months to raise money and lay the groundwork for the trial. Zimmerman could face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda signaled his opposition to any delay in the trial last week and accused O'Mara of spending too much time conducting media interviews and not enough interviewing witnesses and examining evidence.

Zimmerman, who is out on a $1 million bond, is living in hiding in central Florida pending his trial. At the time of the shooting, he was a neighborhood crime watch volunteer in a gated community where Martin was staying with his father.

The fair-skinned son of a white father and Hispanic mother, Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense following a confrontation that occurred as Martin was returning to the home of his father's girlfriend in the gated community after buying candy from a convenience store.

Police in the central Florida town of Sanford initially declined to arrest Zimmerman, citing Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force when they believe they are in danger of getting killed or suffering great bodily harm.

The lack of an arrest led thousands to march in rallies in Florida and across nation to demand justice for Martin, as protesters complained that African-Americans are seen as second-class citizens in the eyes of the police and U.S. justice system.

The fatal encounter between Martin and Zimmerman also threw the spotlight on gun control and Florida's much criticized "Stand Your Ground" statute, also known as a "shoot first" law, which was signed into law by former Governor Jeb Bush in 2005.

The law, backed by the National Rifle Association, was the first of its kind in the United States. Similar laws have been passed since in at least 23 other states, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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crossfire 6th-Feb-2013 08:14 pm (UTC)


O'Mara had told reporters he needed at least another six months to raise money

Well, that's it right there, isn't it.

Edited at 2013-02-06 08:16 pm (UTC)
deathchibi 8th-Feb-2013 04:27 am (UTC)
Buh. The dude had thousands of racist dollars. How much more did he NEED?
primeling 6th-Feb-2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Crazy racist gun nuts.

Edited at 2013-02-06 09:04 pm (UTC)
wickedwatch 6th-Feb-2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
abiding 6th-Feb-2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
Good, piece of shit.
ebenista 6th-Feb-2013 09:31 pm (UTC)

nice try and you deserve the worst after your smear campaign against a dead kid (as if murdering him wasn't bad enough)
piratesswoop 6th-Feb-2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
omg no @ this demented child
communion 6th-Feb-2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
it's disgusting that it's taken this long to get to trial.
betray802 7th-Feb-2013 01:18 am (UTC)
This. Understandably, this fuckweasel deserves nothing, and his lawyer deserves even less. However, "Right to a speedy trial" =/= OVER A YEAR.
kitanabychoice 6th-Feb-2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
Is it common for trials to take so long to get under way?
darlahood 6th-Feb-2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
In Flalala, yes. The courts are totally clogged. 3 month backup in foreclosure cases alone.

Annnnd it looks like it was purple shirt and tie day at the courthouse.
louisiane_fille 6th-Feb-2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
I hope that bastard Zimmerman gets what's coming to him. He MURDERED a kid in cold blood, then tried to make it seem like the kid that he outweighed by close to 100 pounds ATTACKED him. This whole thing is a bunch of heinous racist fuckery of the highest order.
moonshaz 6th-Feb-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, George Zimmerman actually didn't get something he wanted? Will wonders never cease!

I hope this is a sign of how the trial is going to go; i.e., NOT Zimmerman's way, and that he gets what's REALLY coming to him.
layweed 6th-Feb-2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
boo hoo sucks to be you

I realize there's probably a very good reason why the trial is set for June of 2013 and not like...June of 2012, but goddamn this entire thing has taken WAY TOO DAMN LONG.
sio 6th-Feb-2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
this x 1000!
tabaqui 6th-Feb-2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
Fucking hell. He should have been tried *months* ago. But good on the judge for standing firm.
lovedforaday 6th-Feb-2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'm actually surprised a high profile trial like this is starting so soon. I thought it would begin sometime in 14.
halfshellvenus 7th-Feb-2013 01:04 am (UTC)
About fucking time.
4o5pastmidnight 7th-Feb-2013 02:43 am (UTC)
The law, backed by the National Rifle Association

Gee, there's a shocker.
wrestlingdog 7th-Feb-2013 02:43 am (UTC)
I can't believe it's been almost a year.
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