At a hearing earlier today, George Zimmerman officially declared that he will not seek an immunity hearing under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law.
Asked repeatedly by Judge Debrah Nelson if he understood the that he would not be receiving a Stand Your Ground hearing – which would be decided entirely by a judge – Zimmerman responded “After consultation with my counsel, yes, your honor.”
Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, told the judge Tuesday 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.
“We’d much rather have the jury address the issue of criminal liability or lack thereof,” O’Mara said.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense. Martin was fatally shot in February 2012 during a fight with Zimmerman in a Sanford gated community.
The trial will begin in June.
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