Court file in Trayvon Martin case unsealed

April 24, 2012 at 1:15 PM
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SANFORD, Fla., April 24 (UPI) -- The Florida court file in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was unsealed after the confessed shooter was released on bail, officials said.

The judge made the file public Monday after George Zimmerman, who pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge, was released from jail, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported.

Zimmerman, 28, asserted self-defense for shooting and killing the 17-year-old unarmed black youth who was walking through a gated community in Sanford Feb. 26. The shooting touched off demonstrations across the country as critics called for the arrest of Zimmerman, whose father is white and mother is Hispanic, and accused him of racial profiling.

The court file revealed that Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, demanded all the evidence the state has gathered against his client. The file also indicated a hearing date was scheduled to keep at least some of the evidence out of the public arena, the Sentinel said.

The delivery of the prosecution's evidence to the defense on Friday means the evidence would be available to the public. However, O'Mara and Special Prosecutor Angela Corey indicated they wanted to keep at least some, possibly all, of the information secret.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday on a motion by media attorneys on making public the evidence, which includes crime scene photos, phone records and the autopsy report, the Sentinel said.

Zimmerman was expected to live out of state while he awaits trial and was fitted with an electronic monitoring device so officials can monitor his movements. Zimmerman previously went into hiding because of threats.

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