George Zimmerman Update: Mark O’Mara Files Defamation of Character Suit Against NBC News?
Oct 05, 2012 12:49 PM EDT
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In the latest development, Mark O'Mara says that he plans to file suit against NBC News for defamation of character of his client George Zimmerman, who is being charged for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
O'Mara is suing the broadcast network for airing an edited version of the 911-call Zimmerman made after shooting the 17-year-old. O'mara claims that the phone call was edited deliberately to make his client look bad.
"NBC intentionally edited George Zimmerman's non-emergency call to make it appear he is a racist, then they repeatedly broadcast that edited tape to the nation...What NBC did is outrageous. Due in large part to NBC's actions, George has had to live in hiding, in fear for his life," as reported by Fox News.
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NBC spokeswoman Megan Kopf declined to comment. But three reporters involved in editing/airing the call have been fired.
Last Week, a preliminary docket hearing was postponed to October 17 by Sanford Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson. It is during the docket hearing that both parties will stipulate if they are ready for trial.
Zimmerman at the time of the fatal incident was a volunteer watch-guard of a gated community, when he approached 17-year-old Martin after observing some suspicious behavior. Zimmerman claims that the encounter soon turned into a violent altercation and then in an act to protect himself, Zimmerman fatally fired at the teenager. When he was arrested in February and charged with the second degree murder, Zimmerman has maintained his defense of self-protection.
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.
He has been released from jail on bond, but under strict conditions including a round the clock GPS monitoring system.
According to Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney, the trial is likely to start in a year's time.