George Zimmerman In Court For Hearing On Key Audio Experts, State Sanctions

Source:  Jeff Weiner and Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel

George Zimmerman is in court this afternoon for a crucial hearing that could last up to two full days, and which is likely to be the last time he and his lawyers are in court before trial.

Zimmerman’s trial in the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is set for jury selection Monday. At some point during the extended hearing, attorneys in the case will debate whether jurors should hear audio-expert testimony that could be key to the state’s case.

The hearing began at 9 a.m. at the Seminole County criminal courthouse in Sanford. Much of today’s hearing so far has been spent on a defense motion for sanctions against the state.

Defense lawyer Mark O’Mara alleges that prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda lied when he told Circuit Judge Debra Nelson at a prior hearing he had turned over all evidence and reports related to Trayvon’s cellphone to Zimmerman’s attorneys.

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