State attorney employee fired in Zimmerman case

10:38 PM, Jul 13, 2013   |    comments
In this May 28, 2013, file photo, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda, left, talks with defense attorney Mark O'Mara, during a pre-trial hearing for George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. The jury in the trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman began deliberating his fate, Friday, July 12, 2013, on charges in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Photo: Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool
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  • A state attorney's office employee has been fired after testifying about concerns that prosecutors didn't turn over photos and text messages from Trayvon Martin's cellphone to the defense in George Zimmerman's murder case.

    Ben Kruidbos received a termination letter Thursday accusing him of misconduct and "violating numerous state attorney's office policies and procedures."

    It accused him of disclosure of confidential information, sabotage of property or equipment, and misuse of state attorney equipment.

    Attorney Wesley White says Kruidbos wasn't surprised by the firing.

    Kruidbos retrieved photos and deleted text messages from Martin's cellphone and testified during a hearing June 6. Zimmerman's attorneys were seeking sanctions against the state for not properly turning over the evidence from Martin's phone.

    Judge Debra Nelson said she would revisit the matter at the trial's end.

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