New judge sets June trial for George Zimmerman

Neighborhood watch leader charged in death of Trayvon Martin

Published On: Oct 17 2012 10:09:19 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 17 2012 10:53:20 AM EDT
George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin
SANFORD, Fla. -

The new judge in the case of George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer accused of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, has set June 10 a a start date for the murder trial.

Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the teen's death, wasn't in court Wednesday for the procedural hearing.  Attorney Mark O'Mara estimated he expects the trial to last three weeks.

Judge Debra S. Nelson was appointed to the case in late August after an appeals court found that the former judge made disparaging remarks about Zimmerman's character and advocated for additional charges against him during a bond hearing.

The 29-year-old is charged with shooting Martin, 17, in February in a gated Sanford community.  Zimmerman has claimed self-defense and has pleaded not guilty.

A hearing is also set for Friday for Nelson to hear arguments on several new motions. 

Zimmerman is expected to be present Friday.