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Man charged with shooting Fla. teen wants more time for case


March 16. 2013 11:01PM
By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Attorneys for the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with shooting Trayvon Martin to death on Wednesday asked for more time to prepare his case, saying prosecutors had been slow to turn over evidence.


At the same time, George Zimmerman's lead attorney, Mark O'Mara, renewed his request for donations to Zimmerman's legal defense, which he said could cost up to $1 million.


The state has virtually unlimited resources to prosecute George, O'Mara said on Zimmerman's defense fund website. To finance his defense, however, George relies on the generosity of individuals who believe he is innocent.


Spokesman Shawn Vincent said Zimmerman's attorneys want his second-degree murder trial to be moved from June to November. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty.


A hearing in which Zimmerman will argue he was acting in self-defense is scheduled for April. The judge has said that hearing will be at least 45 days before the trial.


Prosecutors did not immediately respond to emails and phone calls about the defense request.


O'Mara said prosecutors had been slow to turn over evidence. As an example, he said someone from State Attorney's Office had removed Martin's cellphone from an evidence locker to have it sent to California for analysis, but the state has refused to give him any information about the agency and the type of tests. He also said prosecutors had made it difficult for O'Mara to get answers to administrative questions from a chief investigative agent and had refused to forward them other information on Martin and a witness.




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