George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin case update: No 'Stand Your Ground' hearing before trial

Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. -- The former neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin says he agrees with his attorneys' decision not to seek an immunity hearing under the state's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law.

George Zimmerman told a Florida judge Tuesday that he won't ask for the hearing ahead of his second-degree murder trial in June.

The judge had set aside two weeks at the end of April should Zimmerman want the hearing. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda had asked that Zimmerman make clear his intentions on whether he wanted the hearing.

Zimmerman's defense attorney, Mark O'Mara, told the judge there was nothing in the law that required the immunity hearing to take place before Zimmerman's trial and could be requested after prosecutors have presented their case.

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