Thursday, George Zimmerman was denied a trial extension and the trial is set for June 10, said Circuit Court Judge Debra S. Nelson. Zimmerman’s lawyers asked for an extension so they could have more time to prepare for his trial, but they were denied, according to SouthFlorida.com.
Thursday is also Trayvon Martin’s birthday and a gospel choir group appeared outside the Seminole County Courthouse to sing happy birthday to him.
The judge also decided that the Trayvon's family lawyer will not be asked to appear as a witness in court. Zimmerman’s lawyers asked that he be summoned under oath and explain how he uncovered the woman that Trayvon spoke to just seconds before he was shot to death by Zimmerman. This woman is the state’s key witness in the case.
Trayvon, 17, was shot and killed by Zimmerman on Feb. 26, 2012; he was black and unarmed.
Zimmerman was a Neighborhood Watch volunteer who called the police and said that Trayvon was acting suspiciously, and police told Zimmerman to back down, but before they arrived Zimmerman said he shot Trayvon in self-defense.
Zimmerman, 29, has received over $300,000 in donations and his lawyer said they were almost out of money and asked for an extension in his case. His lawyer first acknowledged that it was Trayvon’s birthday.
Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder.
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