George Zimmerman's lawyers will argue Tuesday that Zimmerman needs to travel for his personal safety and to assist his lawyers. Judge Debra Nelson will hear this and seven other motions filed by Zimmerman's lawyer, most requesting access to potential evidence.
(AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Stephen M. Dowell, Pool, File)
Accused murderer George Zimmerman will ask a Florida judge on Tuesday to let him remove his GPS monitoring device and travel freely within the state pending his June 2013 trial in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman, 29, has been confined to Seminole County under a $1 million bond since July, when a judge concluded that he presented false information about his assets and was a flight risk.
Zimmerman and his wife Shellie, who is charged with perjury for allegedly lying to the judge about the couple's finances, live in hiding and "in fear of violence," according to a 74-page motion filed by his lawyer, Mark O'Mara.
O'Mara argued that Zimmerman needs the flexibility to travel for his personal safety and to be available to assist his lawyers in meetings with witnesses.
Judge Debra Nelson set aside three hours to hear this and seven other motions filed by O'Mara, most requesting access to potential evidence.
At the time of the shooting on Feb. 26, Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated community in the central Florida city of Sanford.
Prosecutors contend he profiled Martin, a black 17-year-old who was returning with snacks to the townhouse in which he was staying with his father to watch the NBA finals.