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Trayvon Martin case: Tentative trial date set

George Zimmerman, 28, appears in a booking photo released by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, June 3, 2012.
October 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Florida judge has set a tentative trial date next summer for the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin.

Judge Debra S. Nelson said June 10 would be the start of George Zimmerman's trial, but the date could change as both sides get prepared for what is expected to be a three-week trial.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the February shooting of Martin, who was unarmed. Zimmerman claims the controversial shooting of the 17-year-old was self-defense.

Zimmerman's attorneys have said that they will likely ask for a "stand your ground" hearing in April or May.

Under Florida law, Zimmerman can request the hearing and argue his self-defense case before the trial. If the judge were to side with Zimmerman, the murder charge would be dismissed and there would be no trial.

Zimmerman, who is free on bail, was not at the Wednesday hearing. His attorneys are expected to be back in court on Friday to argue several motions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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