Trayvon Martin: The Latest, Week 30
Friday, Sept. 28, 12:14 p.m. EDT: Zimmerman lawyers begin depositions: George Zimmerman's defense attorneys have begun the process of deposing prosecution witnesses in the second-degree-murder case he faces in the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara indicated in a court notice filed Thursday that he had conducted depositions with several members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, including an FDLE crime-lab analyst who tested evidence in the case for DNA.
Thursday, Sept. 27, 11:11 a.m. EDT: Zimmerman resists turning over medical records: George Zimmerman's defense team has asked a judge to stop a subpoena for his medical records, the Associated Press reports. A hearing is set for Friday, and Zimmerman is expected to argue that the request is too broad and will include information that is irrelevant. If the medical information is released to prosecutors, it will also be made available to the public.
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, 8:38 a.m.: Judge reschedules hearing on Trayvon's school records: Earlier this month George Zimmerman's defense attorney, Mark O'Mara, issued subpoenas for Trayvon Martin's school records, hoping to obtain information on the slain teen's disciplinary issues, attendance and test scores. Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda accused O'Mara of trying to "chum the waters" with that request. Now, the Orlando Sentinel reports, the judge assigned to the case has set an Oct. 19 hearing so that Zimmerman's lawyer and prosecutors can argue over whether the records should be released.
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10:43 a.m.: Zimmerman's brother writes letter to Trayvon's family: Robert Zimmerman appeared yesterday on Good Day LA, where he shared a letter to the family of the slain 17-year-old, which includes this: "The time has come for all to know the truth about our feelings immediately after Trayvon's passing," and "Our family values compel us to seek peace and reconciliation within ourselves and to extend these virtues to others. As Trayvon's family remembers him, I would want them to know that at that time each of us prayed for him and each of us in our own way remembered him as well. Moving forward, I pray they find the peace of the Holy Spirit and that it illuminates their hearts."
Monday, Sept. 24, 10:39 a.m. EDT: Will DNA-test results change defense strategy? Forensic tests made public last week show that George Zimmerman's was the only DNA that could be identified on the grip of the gun used to shoot and kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. However, no determination could be made as to whether Trayvon's DNA was on the gun's holster. WPTV asks today what difference, if any, this new information will make for the strategy of Zimmerman's defense team.
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