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FLORIDA 10 Jun 2013 Trial opens for accused killer of Florida teen
George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin on 26 Feb 2012 in Florida, will go to trial on

June 10, 2013 - NULL

FLORIDA 10 Jun 2013 Trial opens for accused killer of Florida teen
George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin on 26 Feb 2012 in Florida, will go to trial on Jun 10 - if the charges are not dropped at a self-defense immunity hearing. The accused says he shot the unarmed black teen, who was walking home from a convenience store, in self defense. The shooting sparked international outrage and weeks of civil rights protests. Both could resume if the charges are dropped or Zimmerman is acquitted.

Over the objections of the family and

FLORIDA 10 Jun 2013 Trial opens for accused killer of Florida teen
George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin on 26 Feb 2012 in Florida, will go to trial on Jun 10 - if the charges are not dropped at a self-defense immunity hearing. The accused says he shot the unarmed black teen, who was walking home from a convenience store, in self defense. The shooting sparked international outrage and weeks of civil rights protests. Both could resume if the charges are dropped or Zimmerman is acquitted.

Over the objections of the family and prosecution, the court has granted the defense the right to access the slain teen's social media and school records to use as possible evidence in the trial.

Zimmerman told police he shot Martin after the teen repeatedly knocked his head to the ground. Martin's family accuse Zimmerman of racially profiling the teen and confronting him.

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, consulted in Apr 2012 by cable broadcaster CNN about the technicalities of the case, argues that based on evidence that is public, there could be probable cause to indict, but there may not be enough evidence to remove reasonable doubt of guilt.

Judge Debra Nelson, citing Florida's self-defense law, ruled in October that Martin's school and social media records should be provided to attorneys defending Zimmerman, who they argue was the aggressor in the conflict and has a history of violence.

Trayvon's parents and their attorneys called the motions a "fish expedition" aimed at attacking the teen. (WRITTEN OCT 2012)

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RELATED READING:

George Zimmerman Trial Date Set (Huffington Post 17 Oct 2012)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/george-zimmerman-trial-date-set-june-10-2013_n_1973469.html

Prosecutor's quandary: Zimmerman may be indicted, then acquitted (CNN 11 Apr 2012)
http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/10/opinion/dershowitz-trayvon-prosecutor-nightmare/index.html

Prosecutor:Zimmerman defense using social media for 'spin' (Orlando Sentinel 25 Oct 2012)
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmerman-gag-state-argument-20121025,0,4994095.story

Trayvon Martin's postings, records spark court debate (USA Today 19 Oct 2012)
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/19/trayvon-zimmerman-sanford-racial/1644403/

Date written/update: 2013-06-10