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Trayvon Martin evidence to be released?

10:14 AM, May 14, 2012   |    comments
George Zimmerman makes his first court appearance on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
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SANFORD, Fla. (WKMG) - The special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case is expected on Monday to hand over all the evidence built against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman charged with murder in the teen's death.

Zimmerman's defense attorney, former Local 6 legal analyst Mark O'Mara, said, however, that the public release of all evidence in the case should be delayed so names of witnesses can be removed.  O'Mara said on his website Friday that he expects to receive the evidence on Monday in the legal process known as discovery. 

Under Florida law, discovery would normally be made public at the same time its handed over to the defense team.

O'Mara says if witnesses are hounded by the media it might jeopardize Zimmerman's chances of getting a fair trial.

Zimmerman, 28, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of the 17-year-old Martin.  Zimmerman claims he shot the teenager in self-defense.

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