Prosecutors hand over new FBI evidence in Trayvon Martin murder case
George Zimmerman’s defense team asked the court two weeks ago to order prosecutors to turn over additional FBI evidence and investigation materials, and on Thursday prosecutors filed paperwork saying they delivered. The new evidence reportedly includes reports by the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, additional cell phone records and witness interviews, as well as DNA analysis and a list of 12 new state witnesses.
On October 26 Circuit Court Judge Debra Nelson ordered the state to turn over the new evidence after defense attorney Mark O’Mara accused prosecutors of withholding evidence.
The FBI reports are the result of a federal probe launched after civil rights leaders expressed outrage that Zimmerman was not immediately arrested after he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman claims he acted in self-defense, asserting his right not to retreat under Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.
The new witnesses include neighbors and a physician’s assistant who treated Zimmerman. However, Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda stated that the new witnesses are not likely to be prominent at trial.
According to the new FBI evidence, agents reportedly interviewed nearly three dozen of Zimmerman’s friends, colleagues, neighbors, and associates and none of them believed he was racist.
In an additional filing on Thursday, O’Mara added another name to his growing deposition list, this time filing notice of intent to depose the medical examiner who carried out the autopsy on Trayvon Martin, Shiping Bao.
Zimmerman is currently charged with second-degree murder and is released on $1 million bail.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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