George Zimmerman’s defense attorneys have requested that his trial be delayed so they can have more time to prepare.
The request came after prosecutors took their time turning over evidence, according to Zimmerman’s attorneys. If the request is granted, the second-degree murder trial will be pushed back from June to November.
“The state has virtually unlimited resources to prosecute George,” Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara said. “To finance his defense, however, George relies on the generosity of individuals who believe he is innocent.”
Since the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin last spring, Zimmerman has claimed he shot in self defense and started up a website to solicit donations in order to help with the costs of his lawyers.
The case sparked national debate about whether the shooting was racially motivated, and many were outraged that Zimmerman wasn’t arrested immediately following the death of Martin due to his claim of self-defense. He has reportedly gone through hundreds of thousands of dollars already between funding his lawyers and hiring security, since he was on the receiving end of several death threats. O’Mara says he wants to get his client on a more even keel as far as how much he can invest in his defense.
“The state seems to have a bottomless pit as far as the experts and the money they’re willing to put forth into the case,” O’Mara said. “I would just like to be on equal footing with them and we need a very aggressive defense because of the way the state is viewing this case, the aggressive nature they’ve taken.”
The defense also released a new photo of Martin recently which was taken closer to the time he was shot; O’Mara said it was unfair to let the public continue to believe that he was as young as the photo which was spread throughout the media made him appear.
Zimmerman is scheduled for a hearing in April, in which he will argue that he acted in self-defense. The judge has said the trial will be at least 45 days after that.
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