ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — The former neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the fatal shooting of Miami teen Trayvon Martin wants to use the teen’s school records as part of his defense strategy.
George Zimmerman’s attorney said Friday that he has sent subpoenas to the schools attended by the 17-year-old Miami teen. The subpoenas request disciplinary notices, suspension notices and tardiness records, among other things.
Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder for fatally shooting Martin during a confrontation in a gated community in Sanford last February. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.
The 44-day delay in Zimmerman’s arrest led to nationwide protests.
The request for school records indicates Zimmerman may try to portray Martin in an unflattering light as part of his defense strategy.
Shortly before coming to Sanford for a visit, Martin had been suspended from school for tardiness.
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