George Zimmerman asks to leave Seminole County

9:22 AM, Aug 24, 2012   |    comments
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ORLANDO, Fla. (WKMG) - The attorney for the man accused of fatally shooting Florida teenager Trayvon Martin is asking the judge in the case to modify his bond conditions.

Mark O'Mara filed a motion late Wednesday asking that George Zimmerman be allowed to leave Seminole County.

In granting Zimmerman $1 million bond release last month, Judge Kenneth Lester mandated that he remain in the county of the February shooting.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

O'Mara argues that the mandate is interfering with Zimmerman's ability to contribute to his defense.

"The restriction of Mr. Zimmerman not to leave Seminole County has had an ongoing, deleterious effect on his ability to assist the preparation of his own defense," O'Mara writes. "Mr. Zimmerman must be able to travel to meet with his lawyers and to attend to various other necessary matters."

Due to safety concerns, Zimmerman is living in hiding.

"Since shortly after the tragic events of February 26, 2012, Mr. Zimmerman and his entire extended family have had to live in hiding, fearing for their own safety," O'Mara writes. "This case has gained a great amount of national and international publicity, and based upon the facts of the case, a great amount of notoriety and animosity."

Lester revoked Zimmerman's original $150,000 bond in June, which did not have the same living restrictions, after he ruled that Zimmerman and his wife had misled the court about their financial status.

Meanwhile, the state also released a response to Zimmerman's objection to the subpoena for his medical records from the Altamonte Family Practice.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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