George Zimmerman Get Access to FBI Records in Trayvon Martin Shooting Case
Nov 09, 2012 04:43 PM EST
On Thursday, prosecutors informed the court that all FBI records were handed down to the George Zimmerman legal team. These records include investigation details, five FBI reports, 10 reports by employees of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and as well as analysis of FDLE scientists on Zimmerman's DNA found on the weapon used to kill Trayvon Martin.
Initially, Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara filed an official complaint in court stating that prosecutors had not handed down the reports to the team. The prosecutors finally did Thursday, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
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Mean while defense continues to prepare with a growing list of witness. O'Mara is adapting an unusual strategy of listing the police as his witnesses. Last week, O'Mara presented a list of police involved in the investigation of the murder of Martin as well as his client's arrest at the trial.
The police usually provide testimonies for the state. But according to The Hispanic Business, O'Mara will be using this unusual strategy in defending his client who is being charged with second-degree murder of 17-year-old Martin.
The defense claims to currently have between 50-70 witnesses according to the Huffington Post. Zimmerman's legal team submitted a request to delay the trial, which is been set for June 10. O'Mara states that the defense needs additional time to prepare for the case.
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. The 28-year-old Zimmerman has maintained the claim to self-defense from the beginning of the case.
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.
Court hearing for trial has been set for June 10.