The attorney for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman charged with shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, has released what the defense says is a new picture of 17-year-old Martin as part of discovery on Wednesday.
Attorney Mark O'Mara told Local 6 that Martin's father, Tracy Martin, provided what the defense team says is a much more accurate picture of his son to Sanford Police Department on Feb. 27, 2012 -- the day after the shooting.
O'Mara says his defense team believes that the picture Martin's family provided to the media, depicting a younger Trayvon Martin, is unfair to Zimmerman. O'Mara says many in the public still view Martin as a young boy because of one of the first pictures released of him.
The defense says Zimmerman was ambushed by a much older-looking teen and that the public should be aware of that.
Zimmerman on Wednesday also requested his supporters to make more donations after his attorneys asked for a 6-month delay in his second-degree murder case, in which O'Mara says in a motion he is preparing for a self-defense hearing.
"The defense still has significant work to be done in preparation for the Self Defense Immunity Hearing, and, possibly, trial," the motion reads.
Zimmerman has apparently spent nearly all of his $315,000 in his legal defense fund preparing for trial, finding a place to live and hiring security.
"The state seems to have a bottomless pit as far as the experts and the money they're willing to put forth into the case," O'Mara said. "I would just like to be on equal footing with them and we need a very aggressive defense because of the way the state is viewing this case, the aggressive nature they've taken."
O'Mara said pushing back Zimmerman's case is necessary because prosecutors have caused major delays in turning over evidence to the defense. In their motion asking for the delay, the defense gives several examples, such as a full-color photo of Zimmerman the defense says they had to fight with prosecutors for months to get and a clearer picture of Martin's clothes.
In the motions, O'Mara also cites issues with data from Trayvon Martin's cellphone, saying that they is information that is missing from the analysis provided to the defense team – including “GPS locating records for Mr. Martin’s phone for all of the time that he was in the Sanford area, specifically absent is any such data for Feb. 26, 2012, the date of the event.”
O'Mara says missing entries regarding phone calls requires expert analysis. He also said in the motion that he wants to interview new witnesses “who have only most recently been identified through presently evolving discovery.”
Zimmerman wasn't arrested until 44 days after Martin's death last February, sparking nationwide controversy. He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense.
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