George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, says the judge presiding over his case has made disparaging remarks about him. Zimmerman says in an appeal filed Tuesday that he fears Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. is biased against him and he wants a new judge to handle his case.
Former neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman wants to use the school records of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin as part of his defense strategy.
Zimmerman's attorney said Friday that he has sent subpoenas to the schools attended by the 17-year Miami-area teen. The schools include Norland Middle School, Miami Carol City High School, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
The subpoenas request disciplinary notices, suspension notices and tardiness records, among other things.
Zimmerman's attorneys, in a posting on their website, said they will be issuing subpoenas for other items in the coming weeks, including potentially relevant data from social media platforms, reports related to chain of custody to key evidence, interviews and more.
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 delay in Zimmerman's arrest led to nationwide protests.
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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.