Zimmerman Must Testify in Trayvon Martin Shooting Case

On Thursday, a Florida judge denied a defense request to…

On Thursday, a Florida judge denied a defense request to let a handful of witnesses confidentially testify during George Zimmerman’s trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked that the witnesses be allowed to testify out of the public eye due to of concerns for their safety about testifying at the trial, which starts next week. He said their testimony could impact the jury’s decision.

Prosecutors and attorneys for media groups objected to the request.

Circuit Judge Debra Nelson also heard testimony about whether a voice recognition expert will be allowed at trial. Cries for help can be heard on 911 calls that Zimmerman’s neighbors made during a struggle between the neighborhood watch volunteer and Martin before the teen was shot. Experts have reached mixed conclusions about the voice that is crying for help.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense. A delay in Zimmerman’s arrest led to protests nationwide.

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