George Zimmerman immunity hearing won't be held in April

Published On: Mar 11 2013 02:25:18 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 05 2013 11:15:50 AM EST
George Zimmerman
SANFORD, Fla. -

Attorneys for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch leader charged with murder in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, said Tuesday that an immunity hearing will not be held in April as previously scheduled.

In a court hearing Tuesday, Zimmerman's lead defense attorney Mark O'Mara and his team were seeking movement on a handful of pretrial motions.

Before the judge recessed to review a motion, she asked O'Mara if he wanted to go forward with the immunity hearing or if she could schedule other cases during the two-week span in April. O'Mara said the hearing would not take place at that time, but he did not say if it would be heard later or rolled into the murder trial, which is scheduled for June.

In Florida, a person claiming self-defense is provided an immunity hearing. In Zimmerman's case, his attorneys will likely argue that he shot Martin because he was in fear of his life and, therefore, should be immune from criminal prosecution.

Earlier, the defense discussed a motion about Witness 8, a teen who says she was on the phone with Martin when he was shot and needed to go to a hospital afterward because she suffered trauma.

The defense withdrew the motion, however, when it learned that she "lied" about going to a hospital. The state conceded the point.

The judge also denied a defense motion to obtain the address for Witness 8.  She said the defense could obtain the information during a deposition.

The defense also wants all the information about Martin, including any criminal history and Twitter and Facebook content, that was acquired by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The FDLE says, however, there's possible criminal information in Martin's biographical file, and a lawyer for the agency said the information cannot be disclosed to Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, 29, claims he shot Martin in self-defense inside a gated Sanford community and has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

The next hearing is set for April 2. Zimmerman's murder trial is scheduled to begin June 10.

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