Judge in George Zimmerman case warns against opening 'old wounds'

Zimmerman accused of stalking private investigator

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Defendant George Zimmerman arrives for his murder trial in Semimole circuit court July 11, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Judge Debra Nelson has ruled that the jury can also consider a manslaughter charge along with the second-degree murder charge…

ORLANDO, Fla. - A judge overseeing a misdemeanor stalking charge involving former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has warned attorneys not to attempt to retry a previous murder case that ended with his acquittal.

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The judge on Wednesday told attorneys at Zimmerman's pretrial hearing not to "open old wounds."

Zimmerman is accused of sending threatening messages to a private investigator who had contacted him about a documentary series on Trayvon Martin. Martin is the black teen Zimmerman fatally shot in 2012. Zimmerman was acquitted of criminal charges. The documentary is being produced by rapper Jay Z.

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A sheriff's report says private investigator Dennis Warren received numerous calls and texts from Zimmerman in December.

The judge granted a request from Zimmerman's attorney to allow the investigator to be deposed.

Zimmerman didn't attend Wednesday's hearing.

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