Prosecution, Defense Want Evidence Sealed in Zimmerman Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Prosecutors and the attorney for the neighborhood watch captain charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin want pieces of evidence kept out of the public realm until trial.

Prosecutors and George Zimmerman's attorneys filed motions Thursday asking a judge to keep statements Zimmerman gave detectives and the names and addresses of witnesses from being publicly released. Both items normally would be part of the public record under Florida law.

Zimmerman's attorney also wants to keep private text messages, emails and journal entries Zimmerman made, at least until he can review them. Prosecutors asked that Martin's cell phone records not be released publicly.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin during a confrontation at a gated community near Orlando last February.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and claims self-defense.

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