George Zimmerman requests Trayvon Martin's school records

Published On: Sep 07 2012 11:33:24 AM EDT

The attorney for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, says he wants to use Martin's school records as part of his defense strategy.

Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara said Friday that he has sent subpoenas to the schools attended by the 17-year Miami-area teen, including Miami Carol City High School, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Norland Middle School and Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High.

According to his post on, the subpoenas request disciplinary notices, suspension notices and tardiness records, among other things.

"In the coming weeks, we will be issuing subpoenas for other items including potentially relevant data from social media platforms, reports related to chain of custody to key evidence, interviews and more," O'Mara writes.

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.

The request for school records indicates Zimmerman may try to portray Martin in an unflattering light as part of his defense strategy. Martin's records won't be released to the public.

Shortly before coming to Sanford for a visit, Martin had been suspended from school for tardiness.


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