Judge orders 500 potential jurors for George Zimmerman trial

Zimmerman charged with death of Trayvon Martin

SANFORD, Fla. - The judge in the case against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, has ordered 500 potential jurors for June 10, with the trial beginning shortly after.


Judge Debra Nelson said the prospective jurors would be summoned over three days, starting June 10, and the trial would start shortly after.

Nelson also said Zimmerman's immunity hearing could begin as early as April 15. Lead attorney Mark O'Mara suggested the immunity hearing being held in May or with the second-degree murder trial itself, which is scheduled to begin in June. Nelson ruled that the immunity hearing won't be delayed past April 22 unless there are "extenuating, extraordinary circumstances."

Also discussed at Thursday's hearing was Crump's opposition to being deposed. A hearing on the issue is set for Feb. 22.

O'Mara also requested for the state to respond to his subpoena requests quicker, for an example, the voice samples the defense requested from Martin's family. Judge Nelson said she will deal with subpoena requests from defense as normal protocol, with no deadline.

The hearing comes days after O'Mara filed motions for subpoenas seeking audio recordings of Martin's voice from Martin's family and the woman who says she was on the phone with Martin just before he was killed.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin.


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