ORLANDO, Fla. — The lawyer for the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin wants to delay the release of documents in the case.
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Attorney Mark O’Mara said on his website Monday that he’s concerned that making the documents public without certain protections for witnesses could pose a threat to their safety. O’Mara also says he doesn’t want a media frenzy directed at the witnesses.
Under Florida rules, documents in a criminal case become a public record 15 days after they have been requested by a defense attorney. O’Mara says he is delaying requesting those documents until he can file motions that prevent the release of witness names. The 44-day delay in Zimmerman’s arrest after Martin was shot last February inspired protests nationwide.
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