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Big News: George Zimmerman Waives ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearing

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on March 5, 2013

George Zimmerman, the overzealous neighborhood watchman who God chose to shoot and kill unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, stunningly waived his right to a Stand Your Ground hearing on Tuesday.

Zimmerman’s defense team, however, left open the possibility for that hearing to be a part of his second degree murder trial slated for June. The move gives Zimmerman’s attorneys more time to prepare for the trial, as well as serving two other important purposes: They won’t show prosecutors their cards and there can be no unfavorable ruling, which may have biased jurors.

George Zimmerman
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Here’s more on the case from ABC News:

Before the April hearing was waived, Zimmerman’s defense set out to attack the credibility of witness 8, arguably the key witness in the upcoming trial.

Defense attorney Donald West asked the court for more information about the allegedly false account she gave attorneys. According to records obtained by ABC News she was on the phone with Martin as his confrontation with Zimmerman began. She claims he told her that he was scared of a strange man following him.

The state admitted that witness 8 lied when she stated that she did not attend Martin’s funeral because of a medical issue and that there are no medical records to support that claim. The defense wanted Nelson to question prosecutors about how they first learned that this claim was not true, but Nelson refused.

While this move has not burned up the media and the blogs, you better believe the June trial is approaching with media-circus speed.

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