• Zimmerman team can depose Martin attorney

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    SANFORD, Fla. - The Fifth District Court of Appeal has ruled that George Zimmerman's attorney can depose a lawyer for the family of Trayvon Martin.

    Zimmerman claims that he shot and killed Martin, 17, in self-defense, during a confrontation at a gated community in Sanford.
     
    The court issued the ruling Monday that said Mark O'Mara can "take a limited deposition" of Benjamin Crump to ask him about a key witness for prosecutors.
     
    Crump interviewed the teen known as "Witness 8" shortly after Martin's shooting death in February 2012. Prosecutors say Witness 8 was on the phone with Martin moments before he died.
     
    Circuit Judge Debra Nelson had twice denied O'Mara's request.

    Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder. His trial is set for June 10.

    Follow Kathi Belich on Twitter at @KBelichWFTV for gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial.


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