George Zimmerman hearing: Motion to delay trial

George ZimmermanSANFORDA hearing Tuesday will likely lead to a decision over whether the George Zimmerman trial will be delayed.

George Zimmerman is accused of killing Trayvon Martin a year ago. Zimmerman claims he shot him in self-defense.

Last week, Zimmerman’s defense team filed a motion to delay the trial saying it was out of money, and they needed more time to deal with the state’s evidence and witnesses information.

State prosecutors, however, say the defense is its own worst enemy. They say Zimmerman’s attorneys are falling behind on discovery because they spend too much time talking to the media.

A judge will hear arguments at the hearing Tuesday at 9 a.m.

WPTV  will bring you the hearing LIVE at 9 a.m.  Watch here:

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41 Responses to George Zimmerman hearing: Motion to delay trial

  1. Jamie Foxx at TrayvonMartin Peace Walk

  2. rikyrah says:

    some good comments from POU:

    Tafr

    These people do not want to face the fact that Zimmerman shot and killed a child. They can try all they want to make this kid some menacing thug but we all know the truth. When you are so damn hateful that you try to justify the murder of a child well there is no help for you. What these people are really pissed off about is that Trayon’s parents and the black community said hell no. Nope this will not be business as usual this is a slain child.

    I may piss some off by saying this but I am going to say it. I find it hard to believe that the black community would justify this crime if the tables were turned. Now we all know if the tables were turned the killer would be in jail today, no controversy on the size of the kid and what not. I really cannot wrap my head around such hate for an innocent child. These people are evil and nasty and I hope none of them consider themselves god fearing Christians as they would be lying to themselves

    • rikyrah says:

      GN

      Not very complicated: the people who insist on thuggifying Trayvon Martin’s image are, like his murderer, people who view young black males in a very pathological fashion and believe that the disproportionately harsh punishments meted out to them are deserved. Case closed, the end. Nothing new or interesting about people who believe that young black lynched men had it coming, nothing.

      • rikyrah says:

        Camille

        “-the people who insist on thuggifying Trayvon Martin’s image are, like his murderer, people who view young black males in a very pathological fashion and believe that the disproportionately harsh punishments meted out to them are deserved.-”

        Spot on.

        No different from the concept of the angry black woman and those who push the meme that black women aren’t entitled to the same respect, courtesy, protections afforded and accorded the more “delicate” others.

        Yea, “undeserving” of “lady like” treatment because black women are you know, too “strong” in that most negative of connotations – So let them take care of themselves. Let them open their own doors, get publicly humiliated and fend for themselves in the public sphere.

        So our little black boys are murdered in cold blood and somehow their lives are infinitely less valuable. Not valuable at all.

        The black kid is murdered in Oakland, California and it’s the police officer who shot him who becomes the victim.

        The murdered black kid has his entire short life history rummaged through to support his worthlessness and justify his murder.

        The white kid murders and every effort is made to cast him sympathetically as the victim of his life experience.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Playing ‘Games’ with Trayvon Martin’s image

    Writing about the ‘rabid’ hate aimed at Trayvon Martin seems only to generate more hate. The view that the unarmed 17-year-old killed by George Zimmerman nearly a year ago was a thug who deserved to die is as strong as ever.

    Many folks took issue with the picture I used yesterday and again today — that of a smiling, fresh-faced Trayvon wearing a red T-shirt from Hollister, the mass clothier of adolescence. Some think he’s as young as 11 years old or as old as 14 in that snapshot. Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump told me this afternoon that the slain teenager was 16 when that photo was taken in August 2011. Folks forget that, when he was killed, Trayvon had turned 17 just three weeks earlier. Trayvon would have been 18 years old yesterday. The most recent photo released by the family was of him on a horse wearing an orange T-shirt that was taken about a week before he was killed.

    But one reader sent me an e-mail last night that was beyond ridiculous. “Why didn’t you show the up-to-date picture of Trayvon Martin as below instead of the one where he is much younger?” he asked. “I don’t take either side because I just don’t know all the facts, but what I do know is you can’t beat honest reporting.” Below is the “up-to-date picture of Trayvon Martin” he attached.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/02/06/playing-games-with-trayvon-martins-image/

  4. Rep. Frederica Wilson Introduces Resolution Honoring Trayvon Martin

    http://www.bet.com/news/politics/2013/02/06/rep-frederica-wilson-introduces-resolution-honoring-trayvon-martin.html

    On Feb. 5, Trayvon Martin would have turned 18. Instead of being a cause for celebration, it was a harsh reminder of a tragic milestone.

    In honor of the teen who was shot to death nearly a year ago, Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson on Tuesday introduced a congressional resolution honoring him. It also calls for the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws and asks the U.S. government to address racial profiling.

    “We all know the circumstances surrounding his murder: Trayvon was racially profiled, chased, made to fight for his life and ultimately murdered. Yet we as a nation have yet to take substantive action to stop such a heartbreaking incident from happening again,” Wilson said in a statement. “Enough is enough. We as a nation have buried too many young Black boys. Let’s set Congress on course to address the underlying causes behind the crisis that Trayvon’s death symbolizes. Let’s take action to stop racial profiling and give our people a chance to succeed.”

    On Tuesday, a judge denied a request by defendant George Zimmerman to delay the trial for five months. Zimmerman’s lawyer said more time was needed to raise money and lay the groundwork for the trial, but Judge Debra Nelson said that the issues were not insurmountable.

    The trial is set to begin in June.

    • Frederica must have hit a nerve?! O’Mara is squealing

      Congresswoman Frederica Wilson Calls George Zimmerman a Racist and a Murderer

      http://www.gzdefensefund.com/donate/index.php/updates-2/15-congresswoman-frederica-wilson-calls-george-zimmerman-a-racist-and-a-murderer

      On February 5, Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson issued a press release announcing that she is introducing a Congressional Resolution to Honor Trayvon Martin and Seek End to Racial Profiling. The resolution urges the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws.

      Congresswoman Wilson made the following statement:

      “Today, Trayvon Martin would have celebrated his 18th birthday. We all know the tragic circumstances surrounding his murder: Trayvon was racially profiled, chased, made to fight for his life, and ultimately murdered. Yet we as a nation have yet to take substantive action to stop such a heartbreaking incident from happening again.”

      Congresswoman Wilson is wrong for several reasons:

      1. There is no evidence that George Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon Martin. Considering many aspects of George’s life, not of least of which his mixed ethnic background, the racial diversity that was part of his upbringing, and the advocacy work he did as an adult, the claim that George Zimmerman is a racist is absurd, unfounded, and irresponsible. Moreover, all the information released from the FBI — which conducted a civil rights investigation on this matter — demonstrate no evidence of racism at all on the part of George. Rather, it documents the opposite.

      2. George has a very strong self-defense case, and we are confident that in Court, George will be found not guilty of murder. As a sitting congresswoman, Representative Wilson should know that in the United States, citizens are constitutionally entitled to a fair trial, and that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. They are not to be convicted by biased innuendo based upon an intentional ignorance of the facts, tossed about in a pandering way. For a person in a leadership role to ignore these significant principles denigrates the process and the Constitution she swore to uphold.

      3. The Zimmerman case is not a “Stand Your Ground” case, it is a straight-forward self-defense case. The controversial part of the so-called “Stand Your Ground” law is the inclusion of language that removes the duty to retreat before using deadly force. George Zimmerman was on his back suffering blows from Trayvon Martin when he fired his weapon in self-defense. George had no opportunity to retreat, and you cannot stand your ground when you are on your back. No one who has taken the time to read and understand this statute would suggest that the facts of this case fit that limited portion of the statute.

      Congresswoman Wilson’s statement is wildly inappropriate. She must know that her position as a distinguished representative in Congress gives her words weight and credibility, and she should not be promoting such unmeasured bias on a pending, undecided legal case.

      If you have an opinion regarding Congresswoman Frederica Wilson’s statement, you are entitled to express it by calling her office, sending her a letter, or emailing her South Florida Communications Director.

      Rep. Frederica Wilson | FL-24
      18425 NW 2nd Ave Suite 355
      Miami Gardens, FL 33169

      305-690-5905

      gwen.belton@mail.house.gov

  5. What About that Missing GPS Data?

    http://frederickleatherman.com/2013/02/06/what-about-that-missing-gps-data/

    Leander said at 9:10 am today:

    “Obviously, when Dee Dee made her statement she had heard GZ NEN call. We would have a much better scenario concerning her statements, had SPD done it’s job and interviewed her earlier. On the other hand, they had troubles to get at the phone due to the password. That’s the crux.”

    I do not agree.

    I do not believe Dee Dee had listened to the NEN call before Ben Crump interviewed her. IIRC, it was not released to the public until much later. The SPD had a lot of investigative work to do interviewing witnesses and processing the crime scene. If they even thought about it, checking the phone log probably would have been a low priority item on the to-do list, until after Ben Crump revealed that Dee Dee had been talking to Trayvon when the defendant stalked and assaulted him.

    While it’s theoretically possible that the GPS data for the day of the murder might help the defense, I doubt that it does because we would have seen the defense lawyers congratulating their client and we would have seen him smiling or smirking at the news.

    Instead, we saw gloom, doom, resignation, desperation and a visible dislike for the client that is more consistent with bad news for the defense. I cannot imagine that MOM would have failed to mention that the GPS data exculpated the defendant, given his propensity to try the case in the court of public opinion. He would have mentioned it in support of his argument for a continuance, if it existed, instead of waving around an insignificant bar-chart during an extemporaneous and rambling plea for a continuance.

    He did not give a coherent answer when she put him on the spot and asked him to provide a specific reason why he needed a continuance. The best he could do was to squeak about not having any experts even though the defense team’s mismanagement of funds is the reason why it has no money to hire experts.

    If the GPS data did not exist, or if it were uninterpretable, I think BDLR would have disclosed that in open court to Judge Nelson, defense counsel and the public. He did not do that. Instead, he graciously offered “to connect the dots” for the defense, but they did not rise to the bait.

    That tells me the GPS data hurts the defense, badly.

    The only reason that I can think of to explain why no one touched this issue and the body language of the defense team, including the lawyers turning their backs on the defendant and leaving him behind sitting forlornly at counsel table as they left the courtroom, is that the evidence devastates his story.

    More…

  6. Dear Angela Corey!

    Please do not offer George Zimmerman any plea deals. I want to see this menace to society tried and convicted of 2nd degree murder. You cannot have a loose cannon on the streets snapping in a moment’s notice and killing innocent kids because of his drummed up assumptions.

  7. The cowards were angry b/c the case is going to trial and now they want to intimidate and scare folks. Let the trial begin! Justice 4 Trayvon!

    Trayvon Martin vigil canceled over safety concerns

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/05/trayvon-martin-vigil-canceled/1894825/

    MELBOURNE, Fla. — A vigil in Palm Bay to mark the life of Trayvon Martin was canceled Tuesday because of safety concerns just hours before it was scheduled to start.

    According to a statement from event sponsor Fathers Stand Up, concerns that the event might have been taken out of context by the community were part of the reason for canceling the vigil.

    Event organizer John P. Francois, founder of Fathers Stand Up, said there was “a lot of stuff that I heard that might occur” during the vigil, which was set for 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Palm Bay City Hall. He said he canceled because, “I don’t want to see anybody get hurt on my watch.”

    Martin, 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in a Sanford, Fla., neighborhood on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman was not immediately charged, but later was accused of second-degree murder in a case that has received intense media coverage and public interest.

    Martin would have turned 18 on Tuesday.

    Francois declined to give more details of the alleged statements that led him to stop the event, but he said they came from three different sources. He said he did not consider them threats and did not plan to get police involved, but he went ahead and canceled anyway.

  8. Jamie Foxx, Cedric the Entertainer to attend Trayvon Martin peace walk, family attorneys say

    http://thesent.nl/XO9afT

    An Academy Award-winning actor and a famed stand up comedian will attend a weekend event in Miami in remembrance of Trayvon Martin, a law firm representing the slain teen’s family has announced.

    The Tallahassee-based Parks & Crump firm announced that Jamie Foxx and Cedric the Entertainer will attend the “Day of Remembrance Community Peace Walk and Forum,” which is being hosted by foundation created by the teen’s parents.

    The event, which starts 10 a.m. Saturday at Ives Estate Park in Miami, will focus on “motivating youth on peaceful conflict resolutions instead of gun violence,” the firm said in a statement. The following evening, the foundation plans to hold a remembrance dinner at the DoubleTree Miami Airport Hotel’s convention center.

  9. Hey 3Chics!

    The New York Times picked up my tweet celebrating Trayvon’s birthday.
    Scroll down to the last one. Woot!

    Trayvon Martin’s Birthday Remembered Online

    http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/trayvon-martins-birthday-remembered-online/

  10. Sanford rally promotes peace on Trayvon Martin’s birthday

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-sanford-rally-trayvon-martin-20130205,0,3143302.story

    About 70 people, mostly residents and civil-rights leaders, took to the streets of Goldsboro, a historically black Sanford neighborhood, to rally for peace this afternoon and call for an end to gun violence.

    The event, called Band Together for Peace Against Gun Violence, also was a way to mark the birthday of Trayvon Martin, who would have turned 18 today.

    Organizers of the event said the group gathered to celebrate Trayvon’s life, not mourn his death.

    Signs hanging on the porch of the Goldsboro Welcome Center read “Gone But Never Forgotten” and “Happy Birthday, Trayvon.”

  11. The Trayvon Martin Foundation Presents: I am Trayvon “Day of Remembrance Peace Walk”.
    Sat. 2/09/2013 at 10:00am.

    I am Trayvon- Day of Remembrance Peace Walk

    This is a “Community Event”
    Free food, entertainmen, motivational speakers

    Ives Estate Park

    20901 NE 16 ave Miami Florida 33179

  12. We Remember! Birthday Week Celebrations For Trayvon Martin Scheduled In Orlando

    http://globalgrind.com/news/trayvon-martin-birthday-week-scheduled-orlando-photos

    We Remember

    The Trayvon Martin Foundation presents the week’s activities honoring the memory of Trayvon Martin, whose 18th birthday would have been February 5, 2013.

    1st Activity: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

    Community Leaders from Sanford Florida and college students will say a prayer for the Martin family, sing Happy Birthday, and present flowers and balloons in front of the Sanford Court House prior to the scheduled court proceedings.

    2nd Activity: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Goldsboro Welcome Center

    Address: 1211 Historic Goldsboro Blvd. Sanford, FL

    Community Leaders from Sanford Florida and local pastors will host a “Banding Together for Peace” program to recognize the need for community healing and the need to come together in solidarity.

    3rd Activity: Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Ives Estate Park

    Address: 20901 NE 16th Ave. Miami, FL, 33179

  13. Judge denies delay in Zimmerman’s June trial

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/05/trayvon-martin-hearing-birthday/1892419/#

    Trayvon Martin would have turned 18 Tuesday.

    Instead, lawyers for George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering the teen, and prosecutors were back in court where a judge denied a motion to delay the June 10 trial date and heard arguments about evidence.

    Meanwhile, Trayvon’s family and local leaders have planned community healing and memorial events this week in honor of the teen whose shooting death last year sparked national debates about race, gun laws, and the meaning of self-defense.

    Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, is facing a second-degree murder charge in the Feb. 26 shooting of the 17-year-old in a gated Sanford, Fla., community. Zimmerman is claiming self-defense. Trayvon’s family argues the young man was profiled, pursued, and murdered.

    In court Tuesday, Judge Debra Nelson denied a motion by Zimmerman lawyer Mark O’Mara to delay the trial date. O’Mara argued that the prosecution has been slow to turn over evidence and that he does not have enough time to prepare his case.

    “We’re four months away from trial,” Nelson said. “The court has no reason to continue the case.”

    Earlier, Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda and O’Mara traded arguments.

    “The state has been trying to try this case in the courtroom,” de la Rionda said at one point. “I don’t know if that’s true of the defense.”

    O’Mara, however, continued to press the importance of the Internet. “I spend virtually no time on Twitter and the website because it doesn’t matter that much,” he said. “But we cannot ignore the avalanche of information that is flowing through the blogosphere.”

    In addition to the trial date, several other issues came before the court.

    Nelson approved a motion by Zimmerman’s lawyer to subpoena credit card sales records from the 7-Eleven Trayvon visited the night he was killed. She also ordered de la Rionda reveal tests performed on the phone that investigators sent to California to get unlocked.

    Lawyers also had lengthy arguments about Witness 8, a young lady who claims she was on the phone with Trayvon as the confrontation between him and Zimmerman started.

    Nelson ruled that Witness 8 can be asked about her Twitter handle before she is deposed by the defense but that any other questions must be posed during her deposition.

    • leutisha says:

      Best birthday present the justice system could have given Trayvon, save Trayvon being here to enjoy reaching “his majority” as my grandparents would say.

      I understand Zimmerman wanted the delay because he doesn’t have any money for a defense. Well, what about his pappy’s alleged “pull” he supposed to have as a magistrate? Guess they got tired of him pulling and decided his boy needed to go ahead and stand trial. If Zimmerman were a real man, he’d own up and ask for a plea deal which would include segregation within the general population.

      But, that’s just me wishing….

  14. Vigil today in Palm Bay to honor Trayvon Martin

    Vigil today in Palm Bay to honor Trayvon Martin
    http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20130205/NEWS01/130204021/Vigil-today-Palm-Bay-honor-Trayvon-Martin

    A candlelight vigil and prayer service is set for Tuesday in Palm Bay to remember the life of Trayvon Martin, a teenager shot and killed last year in Sanford.

    Fathers Stand Up Corporation, which is seeking a nonprofit designation from the IRS, is planning the event on the day that would have been the teen’s 18th birthday.

    “In memory and respect, those across Brevard who were touched by the tragedy of his death will join the community of Palm Bay to remember him, his family and friends in a special prayer and showing of community strength and understanding,” a press release from the organization reads.

    Martin, 17, was shot and killed on Feb. 26, 2012 in a Sanford neighborhood. The accused shooter, George Zimmerman, is charged with second-degree murder.

    People are invited to gather as early as 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Palm Bay City Hall, 120 Malabar Road SE. The brief vigil will begin about 6:15 p.m.

    Guests are encouraged to bring their own candles.

    Fathers Stand Up promotes family development through classes and programs. For more information, visit http://www.fathersstandupcorp.com.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Glad is has been denied.

    go to trial, mofo.

    come to trial, you murderer.

  16. Ametia says:

    The ‘rabid’ hate aimed at Trayvon Martin
    Posted by Jonathan Capehart on February 5, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Eighteen years ago today, Trayvon Benjamin Martin was born to Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. Nearly a year ago, their son was killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., who viewed Trayvon as “a real suspicious guy.” Instead, the unarmed teenager was found with a bag of Skittles and an iced tea from 7-Eleven and a bullet hole in his chest from Zimmerman’s Kel-Tec 9 mm PF-9.
    Zimmerman now awaits trial for second-degree murder. A trial that his attorney is trying to delay. But he will have his day in court. Meanwhile, the court of public opinion is working overtime. Depending on whom you talk to, Zimmerman is an unrepentant murderer and Trayvon had it coming.
    That Trayvon brings out the worst in people is well known. What continues to shock me isn’t so much how widely held the negative view of him is, it is how openly people express their racism. Thanks to Wonkette, we know about Todd Kincannon. He is the former general counsel and executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party who felt compelled to mention Trayvon in a raunchy tweet about the Super Bowl. After reading his obnoxious Twitter feed, feel free to reach for the Purell. As if Kincannon’s first Trayvon tweet weren’t bad enough, the filterless fellow went even farther in another shameful tweet.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/02/05/the-rabid-hate-aimed-at-trayvon-martin/

  17. A jury will hear the case against Zimmerman June 10th 2013

  18. Judge Nelson: Court is now in recess until March 5

  19. News 13 Live@CFNews13Live

    Blackwell: We should not move forward with Crump deposition since he is council for the family

  20. Ametia says:

    Happy Birthday, Trayvon!

  21. News 13 Live@CFNews13Live

    Judge: I am postponing the Crump deposition.

  22. News 13 Live@CFNews13Live

    Blackwell: Submitted a 15 page affidavit regarding a recording device and Crump’s involvement with the recording device.

  23. BREAKING: Judge denies GeorgeZimmerman’s request to delay trial http://thesent.nl/14P6nIJ

  24. Motion to continue the trial date has been denied.

  25. Happy birthday, Trayvon!

    Gone but NEVER forgotten. The killing ripped our hearts out and opened old crusted wounds. Your death will not be in vain because we will not stop until justice is served and Stand Your Ground law is history.

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