George Zimmerman's attorneys can subpoena the school records of Trayvon Martin, a judge ruled Friday during a hearing in the celebrated Florida case that has ignited racial tensions.
Circuit Judge Debra Nelson ruled that Zimmerman's defense team can seek the school records but must keep the information confidential. The ruling was the first in a scheduled afternoon of arguments in the case. In general, Zimmerman's lawyers are seeking more evidence in the case, some of which they contend the state has been slow to deliver.
Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Martin, 17, on Feb 26. in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has acknowledged shooting the unarmed teenager, but has said he acted in self-defense.
Before the hearing, Martin's parents told reporters that Zimmerman's defense has been attacking their son's character.
"I feel that Trayvon's school records are not relevant in this case," Martin's father, Tracy Martin, said at the televised news conference.