George Zimmerman statements can be released - judge


But Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said that the identities of witnesses who observed the fatal confrontation in February between Zimmerman and the 17-year-old can stay private, provided the witnesses haven't been identified previously.

"The innocent witnesses who have performed their civic or moral duty by reporting what they observed to law enforcement should not have their lives turned upside-down for having done so," Lester wrote.

Despite arguments from prosecutors and the defense attorney, Lester said disclosing Zimmerman's statements to police detectives wouldn't jeopardize his ability to get a fair trial.

Lester also ruled that tests given to Zimmerman after the shooting could be released, as well as some crime-scene photos and Zimmerman's recorded telephone calls from jail.

It was phone conversations he had with his wife that prompted the judge to revoke Zimmerman's bond. They also led to the arrest on Tuesday of his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, who is accused of lying about how much money the family had.

Zimmerman has a second bond hearing scheduled for the end of the month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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