George Zimmerman

Defense requests more time for discovery in Trayvon Martin case

The defense filed a motion Thursday asking for a continuance for the next hearing in the Trayvon Martin murder case.

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara stated that discovery is still ongoing and he will need more time to interview witnesses and review evidence before the docket sounding currently scheduled for October 17. He has scheduled nine depositions for next Thursday, October 18, including five Sanford Fire Rescue workers and four Sanford Police Officers as he continues to prepare a defense for his client George Zimmerman. Not present on the list are the case’s lead investigator Chris Serino and Officer Tim Smith, the first officer on the scene. They will likely be deposed at a later date.

O’Mara stated in paperwork filed last week that he intends to depose between 50 and 75 witnesses.

Zimmerman, 29, is the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second degree murder, a first degree felony punishable by up to life in prison, in the death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin. His defense will likely rest upon Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” statute that permits a justified use of force, even lethal force, if a person believes his or her life is in danger.

O’Mara also asked the court for subpoenas to obtain Martin’s school records as well as his Facebook, Twitter, and cell phone records, arguing that they are “necessary to properly prepare and present the defense.” The Prosecution however claims that the Defense is going on a fishing expedition.

Absent a continuance, the next hearing is a docket sounding scheduled for October 17. O’Mara also requested another hearing for discovery on October 19.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

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