George Zimmerman Trial Date: Judge Sets Trayvon Martin Murder Trial for June 10
Oct 17, 2012 11:59 AM EDT
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Circuit Judge Debra Nelson set a trial date for the George Zimmerman trial for June 10. Zimmerman is being charged for second-degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Earlier this month, Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara requested the court to delay the case claiming that the defense needed more time to prepare. It is unclear whether defense will attempt to push the date further than the one assigned by the court.
According to Orlando Sentinel, prosecutors Bernie de la Rionda predicts jury selection might take as long as the trial itself, given the huge media attention the case has received from the beginning of the incident.
On Tuesday, Donald West, one of the lawyers of George Zimmerman, filed a petition claiming that prosecution is not submitting the required evidence in a timely fashion. O'Mara is requesting Judge Debra S. Nelson to conduct monthly court hearings to ensure speedy and efficient submissions of evidence.
According to the motion filed by West and reported by the Associated Press, "The state's approach to discovery has been to require the defense to figure out what the state has failed to provide and then ask for it rather than fulfilling the state's legal obligation to provide complete and timely discovery."
Zimmerman was arrested in February for the killing of the 17-year-old, Zimmerman who was armed shot Martin after claiming that he was attacked by the teenager and fired in an act of self-defense. 28-year-old Zimmerman has maintained the claim to self-defense from the beginning of the case.