George Zimmerman wants better management of evidence
Defense lawyer Mark O'Mara says prosecutors withholding evidence
There is a new battleground in the Trayvon Martin case.
The lead attorney for former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman claims prosecutors are dragging their feet on turning over some evidence and not turning over other information in a timely manner.
On Monday, defense attorney Mark O'Mara said Angela Corey's office is providing some discovery in a format that's useless for defense experts to examine. They're asking for monthly hearings to manage the turnover of evidence from prosecutors to defense lawyers.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a confrontation in a Sanford gated community last February.
Channel 4 discussed the case with a Jacksonville attorney who said paperwork means a whole lot of nothing at this point in the case.
"Ms. Corey's office has an obligation to provide the discovery as quickly as she can. There is no set forth statutory obligation that you have to provide it now," said Gene Nichols.
Nichols said O'Mara's complaint gives the defense team the chance to grandstand and keep the case in the headlines.
Zimmerman attorney Don West filed the motion.
“The state’s approach to discovery has been to require the the defense to figure out what the state has failed to provide and then ask for it rather than fulfill the states legal obligation to provide complete and timely discovery,” West said.
Channel 4 reached contacted State Attorney's office multiple times Monday. Angela Corey wasn’t available for comment. Corey has previously told the media that she won't comment on evidence in the Zimmerman case.
Nichols said there’s no way the exchange of evidence would purposefully be slowed down.
"Especially with this case and the national media that is involved, there is no reason for anyone to believe Ms. Corey's office is doing anything inappropriate," said Nichols.
If anything, Nichols said the rate of exchange has more to do with the sheer volume of the evidence.
"There is nothing about this case that is moving quickly. We will be discussing this case for several more months if not a year from now," Nichols said.
Zimmerman's attorneys also asked prosecutors for cell phone photos taken by a witness and a police officer on the night of the shooting.
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