Judge refuses gag order in George Zimmerman case

9:03 AM, Apr 27, 2012   |    comments
George Zimmerman appearing in court for a bond hearing.
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SANFORD, Florida (WKMG) -- A judge has refused the prosecution's request and will not issue a gag order on those involved in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, who's accused of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Saying he wouldn't entertain the state's request at this time, Florida Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said Friday he would not stop Zimmerman's attorneys from talking to the media if they chose.

Zimmerman is accused of second-degree murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The case has drawn national attention because Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer when he shot Martin, who was unarmed.

Zimmerman was not charged for more than six weeks because he claimed self-defense.

The hearing also dealt with several media organizations, including The Associated Press, asking the judge to unseal documents from Zimmerman's court file.  The issue of Zimmerman's finances were also discussed.

Mark O'Mara, a former Local 6 legal analyst who now represents Zimmerman, informed Lester that his client had raised more than $200,000 via a website.  O'Mara said he only recently learned about the money and was still gathering facts about the account associated with the website.

Zimmerman did not appear at the hearing.

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