George Zimmerman seeks a delay in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, says a report posted today at the Orlando Sentinel. Additionally, a report at MSNBC reveals Zimmerman is out of money, and his lawyer says he "needs donations" to pay his legal bills. Are the lack of funds the reason Zimmerman seeks a delay?
Not at all! George Zimmerman's lawyers claim "the basis for the new motion is a series of issues and delays in gathering evidence and conducting depositions." His lawyers say much of the blame for the delay is the state's fault, not theirs.
Defense attorney, Mark O'Mara, says the state "substantially" delayed providing quality, color images of George Zimmerman's injuries. He also states his office has not been provided with a "complete and fully intelligible recording of a Martin family attorney's interview with a girl who says she was on the phone with Trayvon moments before the shooting. Lastly, O'Mara says "a full record what's been gleaned from" the cell phone of Trayvon Martin has not been given to the defense, even though the device "has changed hands between law enforcement agencies repeatedly for analysis."
Zimmerman's lawyer also stated he still has to conduct :numerous depositions" related to the case, including some from members of the Martin family and lead Sanford police investigator Chris Serino.
If the delay George Zimmerman seeks is denied, he will go on trial in June for the death of Trayvon Martin, who, according to the prosecution, he "profiled, pursued and killed." Zimmerman maintains the shooting was in self-defense.