Zimmerman attorney asks for modified bond terms; Prosecutors want to keep judge on case


SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - The attorney for George Zimmerman, who is accused of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, is asking the judge in the case to modify his bond conditions.

Zimmerman is the former neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Martin.

Mark O'Mara filed a motion late Wednesday asking that George Zimmerman be allowed to leave Seminole County. In granting Zimmerman $1 million bond release last month, Judge Kenneth Lester mandated that he remain in the county of the February shooting.

 O'Mara argues that the mandate is interfering with Zimmerman's ability to contribute to his defense. Due to safety concerns, Zimmerman is living in hiding.

Now, he's asking to be allowed to leave the county.

 Lester revoked Zimmerman's original $150,000 bond in June, which did not have the same living restrictions, after he ruled that Zimmerman and his wife had misled the court about their financial status.

Meanwhile, late Thursday afternoon, prosecutors filed their response to  Zimmerman's request for a new judge.

Zimmerman made the request, following a harsh $1 million bond order in July in which Lester accused Zimmerman of taking advantage of the legal system.

On Thursday, prosecutors said they want to keep Lester because a panel of appeals judges won't rule until at least this fall.

A second motion challenges the release of Zimmerman's medical records for his visit with a doctor the day after he killed Martin.

The records detail the head injuries and other injuries he received that night. There will be a hearing on Friday about those records.

Zimmerman won't be present, but WFTV will attend and will update this story as it develops.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin during a confrontation in February in a gated community in suburban Orlando. He has pleaded not guilty and is claiming self-defense.