George Zimmerman Trial Update: Case’s Judge Kenneth Lester Unfair and Biased? Rumors Travyon Martin Trial Date Set for 2013.
Aug 07, 2012 04:37 PM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. - On Tuesday, the lawyers of George Zimmerman, who is being charged with second-degree murder of 17-year-old Travyon Martin, say that they will not attend Wednesday's routine court hearing , because they need more time to prepare for the case. According to Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney, the trial is likely to start in a year's time.
But O'Mara tells the Orlando Sentinel that he might appeal the circuit court's decision last month to keep Judge Kenneth Lester on the case. Last month, Zimmerman's team filed a request to remove Judge Lester from the case citing that the judge was evidently biased against his client and therefore "departed from its role as an impartial, objective minister of justice," according to Good Morning America.
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His lawyers filed a petition requesting a change of judge specifically after the judge's comments during Zimmerman's bond hearing in April telling the court that Zimmerman "flaunted the system," as reported by the Huffington Post.
In a statement O'Mara said, "Mr. Zimmerman has lost faith in the objectivity of this Court and has a reasonable, well-founded fear that he will not receive a fair trial by this Court," as reported by Huffington Post.
On Tuesday, judge Lester said that he would not step down from the case and that O'Mara's claims was "legally insufficient," (www.huffingtonpost.com).
Prosecutors Objected "to the defendant trying to disqualify Judge Lester," according to a statement released to ABC News.
In July, the Florida judge set Zimmerman's bail for $1 million, after previously revoking a $150,000 bond, for misleading the court about his finances.
Zimmerman has always maintained that the shooting occurred as an act of self-defense. Zimmerman was on duty as volunteer watchman when he shot 17 year old Travyon Martin. He is being charged with the second degree murder in February of this year.
He has been released from jail on bond, but under strict conditions including a round the clock GPS monitoring system.