George Zimmerman’s upcoming murder trial is set for June 10. Judge Debra Nelson recently ruled on a set of motions, among them a request to delay the trial, which Nelson denied. As Yamiche Alcindor reports for USA Today, Nelson also ruled that the jury would not be allowed to visit the site of the shooting, as defense counsel had requested.
Of the hoped-for delay, defense counsel wrote: “The defense counsel will not have enough time to direct this new matter between now and the time of trial.” The “new matter” to which he referred was vetting the state’s expert witness, Alan Reich, who’s been called in to testify to the voices on a neighbor’s 911 phone call.
Alcindor writes that this phone call is a key piece of evidence in the case.
No eyewitnesses to the shooting apparently had a good view of what exactly happened in the gated community in Sanford, Florida, which makes the 911 phone call (a recording) important.
Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who Zimmerman shot in the chest, is alleged to have been the one on the recording screaming for help prior to the shot, and whose screams ceased abruptly after the shot rang out.