George Zimmerman left Seminole County Jail after posting $1 million bond July 6, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)
ORLANDO -- The man accused of fatally shooting teenager Trayvon Martin is asking a Florida judge Tuesday to remove him from court-ordered GPS monitoring and to order prosecutors to turn over more records from investigators in the February shooting, The Orlando Sentinel reports.
George Zimmerman, accused of second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of the 17-year-old, is claiming self defense.
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Judge Debra Nelson already has agreed to allow Zimmerman's lawyers to re-depose Sanford police investigator William Erwin, whom the defense says was present when police played 911 audio for Trayvon Martin's father, the Sentinel reports. And the state also must turn over the original recording of Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump's interview of a girl identified as Trayvon's girlfriend, Nelson ruled.
Police say the teen's father initially denied that the voice heard screaming on the 911 call, before the fatal shot, was his son. The girlfriend, identified as Witness 8, says she was on the phone with Trayvon in the moments before the shooting. She is a key state witness.
On the GPS questions, Zimmerman argues that he "needs to be able to travel more freely... for reasons of his own personal safety and... to have the ability to assist his defense" by meeting with witnesses, including experts," the Sentinel reports.
Zimmermani s free on $1 million bond -- with the GPS monitoring -- while awaiting a trial now scheduled for June.