Judge to decide on George Zimmerman evidence release

5:50 AM, Jun 1, 2012   |    comments
George Zimmerman appearing in court for a bond hearing.
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SANFORD, Fla. (WKMG) - A judge will decide on Friday if more evidence will be released in the case against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who is charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February.

Prosecutors want to block the release of the new evidence, including statements Zimmerman made to police, pictures of the crime scene, names of witnesses and cellphone audio. Prosecutors say Zimmerman's statements are inconsistent.

Zimmerman's attorney believes his emails and text messages could prejudice a potential jury. They also believe the new evidence being released will make it more difficult to find a fair jury.

Lawyers for media outlets filed motions on Tuesday to intervene in order to get the evidence released, saying the evidence is public record.

Both sides also say they worry that potential witnesses will be harassed if their names are released.
The media's motions say the request by prosecutors and Zimmerman's attorneys are too broad.

Meanwhile, Zimmerman has added a new attorney to his team. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Attorney Don West is now on the defense team. West most recently represented 'Ax the Tax' founder Doug Guetzloe, who was sentenced in May for failing to pay taxes.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty of second-degree murder, claiming self-defense.

The hearing will be held on today at 1:30 p.m.

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