SANFORD, Fla. - A judge has set a tentative trial date next year for a Sanford man charged with fatally shooting an unarmed teenager.
Judge Debra S. Nelson set June 10 as the start of George Zimmerman's trial on a second-degree murder charge. Zimmerman claims the February shooting of 17-year-old Martin was self-defense.
Zimmerman's defense team tweeted after the hearing that they will likely ask for a "stand your ground" hearing in April or May. If the judge were to side with Zimmerman at the hearing, the murder charge would be dismissed and there would be no trial.
It was Nelson's first hearing in the case. An appeals court removed the previous judge, saying he made disparaging remarks about Zimmerman's character.
"I think it's a good trial date. I truely do. We should be ready by then, as long as we don't get stalled in any of the discovery demands that we have outstanding right now. So, it's at least something we can focus on," said Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara.
They'll be back in court Friday for what is expected to be a lengthy hearing for arguments on several motions, including the defense asking for more time to interview state witnesses.