Judge Quits Trayvon Martin Shooting Case, Citing Conflict Of Interest; Replacement Named

Source: Matt Gutman / ABC News

The Florida judge tapped to preside over George Zimmerman’s trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was disqualified today and replaced by Judge Kenneth Lester Jr.

The judge who was originally assigned the case was Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler, one of four possible judges to oversee what Zimmerman’s attorneys and the state expect to be a trial process that could last well into 2013.

Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara asked that Recksiedler step aside because she is married to an attorney who works in the same law firm as Mark NeJame, a legal analyst for CNN, who has been outspoken about the case.

The second judge picked to preside over the controversial case also stepped aside because of a conflict of interest, sources told ABC News.

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