State responds to George Zimmerman motions
Updated On: Dec 10 2012 05:23:48 PM EST
The state's responses have been released on Monday just hours before Tuesday's hearing for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman charged with shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.
According to the documents, Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda writes that the defense's motions are designed to defend Zimmerman's reputation and not to seek evidence, as they were filed.
De la Rionda also said the Martin family attorneys, Benjamin Crump, Natalie Jackson, Ben Parks, are working for Trayvon Martin’s family, not the State Attorney.
“No matter how often, how viciously, or how vociferously Defense Council tries to attack Mr. Crump and make him a feature of this case, he is not the issue," De la Rionda writes in the motion.
The state is also getting a copy of the recording of Witness 8's interview with Crump. Witness 8 was the girl Martin was communicating with on his cellphone the night of the incident.
Mark O'Mara filed the documents on Friday, in which they asked for no GPS restriction on Zimmerman, to allow Zimmerman to speak to witnesses and former neighbors and to interview more witnesses.
De la Rionda writes that in O'Mara's motions, there are statements that are "incorrect, incomplete and misleading."
The hearing on the motions is scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. Local 6 will be streaming the hearing live on ClickOrlando.com.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming the shooting was in self-defense. He said Martin, who was not armed, was beating him up when he fired his gun.
Zimmerman's murder trial is scheduled to begin in June, although a so-called "stand your ground" hearing, based on Florida law that allows someone to shoot to kill if they feel their life is in danger, will be held earlier.
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