ORLANDO, Fla. -

The judge in the case against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, has issued her written order stating that the Martin family's attorney, Benjamin Crump, will not have to be deposed by the defense.

Judge Debra S. Nelson ruled on the defense's motion last month, saying that the deposition was not needed and there was no undue prejudice. She also said that the defense has not yet deposed Witness 8, whose interview with Crump is in question, even though they've had her identity for 10 months.

She issued her written order on Monday.

Zimmerman's lead attorney, former Local 6 legal analyst Mark O'Mara, and attorney Don West argued the motion, seeking to question Crump.  Zimmerman and Crump did not attend the hearing.