SANFORD, Fla. — As George Zimmerman's attorney filed a motion for the judge in the Trayvon Martin murder case to step aside, several media outlets sought Monday to unseal court documents.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of the unarmed African American teenager on Feb. 26 in Sanford. The case has sparked national demonstrations and raised questions about race and gun control. Zimmerman, who is white and Latino, says he acted in self-defense.
His attorney, Mark O'Mara, filed a motion in Seminole County Circuit Court asking Judge Jessica Recksiedler to step aside because of a possible conflict of interest: Her husband is the law partner of Mark NeJame, CNN's legal analyst on the case.
Zimmerman's family first approached NeJame about representing Zimmerman, 28. NeJame declined and referred them to O'Mara.
O'Mara had said Friday that he was on the verge of requesting a different jurist. On Monday, he told reporters he and Zimmerman had discussed the situation and decided to do so.