Happy 18th Birthday to Trayvon, Zimmerman back in Court
Lawyers for George Zimmerman and prosecutors are back in court to discuss evidence and a trial date.
Trayvon Martin would have turned 18 Tuesday.
Instead, lawyers for George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering the teen, and prosecutors are back in court to discuss evidence and pushing back a scheduled June 10 trial date.
Meanwhile, Trayvon’s family and local leaders have planned community healing and memorial events this week in honor of the teen whose shooting death last year sparked national debates about race, gun laws, and the meaning of self-defense.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, is facing a second-degree murder charge in the Feb. 26 shooting of the 17-year-old in a gated Sanford, Fla., community. Zimmerman is claiming self-defense. Trayvon’s family argues the young man was profiled, pursued, and murdered.
In court Tuesday, Judge Debra Nelson denied a motion by Zimmerman lawyer Mark O’Mara to delay the trial date. O’Mara argued that the prosecution has been slow to turn over evidence and that he does not have enough time to prepare his case.
“We’re four months away from trial,” Nelson said. “The court has no reason to continue the case.”
Nelson approved a motion by Zimmerman’s lawyer to subpoena credit card sales records from the 7-Eleven Trayvon visited the night he was killed.
To mark Trayvon’s birthday, community leaders in Sanford are hosting a “Banding Together for Peace” program Tuesday to recognize the need for community healing and solidarity. The event, held in Goldsboro, a historically black part of the city, includes the Sanford Police Department, the NAACP, local city officials, and Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon’s family.
On Saturday, in Miami, where Trayvon lived, an event dubbed the “I am Trayvon, Day of Remembrance Peace Walk” will feature motivational speakers, entertainers, and free food.
On Sunday, The Trayvon Martin Foundation, set up by the teen’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, will host a fundraising dinner with several guests including Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
Trayvon’s death and the murder case against Zimmerman has remained a topic of public interest as court hearings continue.
In addition to the trial date, other issues before the court include the defense’s request that ABC News provide any recordings or notes of Crump’s interview with Trayvon’s friend who was on the phone with the teen minutes before he died.
The defense also wants biographies of several people including witnesses, Zimmerman and Trayvon that were compiled by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The state argues that the biographies include witness names, phone numbers, social security numbers, and other personal information that is protected by Florida law.
Zimmerman remains free on $1 million bond — with GPS monitoring– while awaiting trial.