Zimmerman asks for new judge
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The neighborhood watch volunteer who is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin is asking a judge to step down after she revealed a potential conflict of interest last week.
George Zimmerman's attorney filed the request Monday in Seminole County Circuit Court. Attorney Mark O'Mara told reporters afterward that he wanted the issue to be addressed now rather than later if there ends up being a conflict.
Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler's potential conflict comes from her husband, who works with Orlando attorney Mark NeJame.
Zimmerman's family first approached NeJame about representing Zimmerman. NeJame declined and referred the neighborhood watch volunteer to O'Mara. NeJame also is serving as a CNN legal analyst on the case.
Zimmerman is pleading not guilty and claims he shot in self-defense.
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