Trial Date Set For George Zimmerman In Trayvon Martin Case

SANFORD (CBSMiami/AP) — A trial date has been set for George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting unarmed Miami teen Trayvon Martin.

Judge Debra S. Nelson set June 10, 2013 as the tentative start for George Zimmerman’s trial. But his attorney noted there are still several unresolved pretrial matters to complete. Another status hearing is set for December 10.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February as he walked in a gated Sanford community toward his father’s house. Zimmerman has claimed self-defense and is pleading not guilty based on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

Attorney Mark O’Mara estimated he expects the trial to last three weeks.

They’ll be back in court Friday for what is expected to be a lengthy hearing for arguments on several motions, including the defense asking for more time to interview state witnesses.

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