Zimmerman Seeks Delay in Trial for Trayvon Martin Shooting

Zimmerman Seeks Delay in Trial for Trayvon Martin Shooting

Lawyers for George Zimmerman plan to ask for a delay in the murder trial of Trayvon Martin while seeking the release of the teenager's school records and social media accounts.

Published October 9, 2012

Lawyers for George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin, plan to ask for a delay in the second-degree murder trial while issuing a request that the dead teenager's school records and social media accounts be released.

For weeks, the family of Trayvon Martin has contended that school records and other information, such as Facebook entries, were irrelevant to the shooting of the 17-year-old high school student last February in a suburb of Orlando.

In motions made in court, attorneys said Monday that they expect to take between 50 and 75 depositions, and added that they will need more time to review all of the prosecution's evidence.

“This is outrageous,” said Benjamin Crump, the lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s parents, in an interview with BET.com. “Trayvon’s parents maintain that his school records and Facebook page are completely irrelevant to George Zimmerman’s decision to get out of his car to profile, pursue and shoot their son in the heart."

“Is this going to be a new legal standard we are setting for a murderer to review the school records and Facebook page of his teenage victim to determine whether or not he should have killed him?”

Zimmerman insists that he shot Martin in self-defense. Martin’s parents and their lawyer have contended that the teenager was racially profiled. 

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Written by Jonathan P. Hicks

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