State wrapping up case against George Zimmerman

Published On: Jul 03 2013 02:05:52 PM EDT
George Zimmerman trial
SANFORD, Fla. -

Judge Debra S. Nelson said she expects the state to rest its case against George Zimmerman as early as today and the defense is expected to begin its case on Friday, with no court being held on the Fourth of July.

Nelson denied the defense's request to adjourn Friday so it could take the deposition of Ben Crump, the attorney representing Trayvon Martin's parents.

Attorney Don West said the defense objects to Crump's deposition schedule of Sunday at 6 p.m. West asked to take the day off from court on Friday so it can depose Crump instead.

Nelson said she was unwilling to give the day off of court, citing several reasons, including the fact that the jury is sequestered.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of the 17-year-old, who was fatally shot in Sanford last year.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.

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