Prosecutors in the George Zimmerman trial want to use the neighborhood watch volunteer’s school record and job application to help build the case that he murdered teenager Trayvon Martin.
Lawyers on Wednesday will argue a prosecution move to admit Zimmerman’s school records, his request to ride along during a tour with police in Sanford, Fla., and a job application to a police agency in Virginia. The defense opposes the prosecution requests, branding it as part of a witch hunt against Zimmerman.
Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17, on Feb. 26, 2012 during a confrontation at a gated community in Sanford. Zimmerman maintains he shot Martin in self-defense when the unarmed teenager attacked him.
The prosecution theory of the case is that Zimmerman profiled Martin, an African American, when he saw him that rainy night, followed him, and then the pair had a confrontation. Zimmerman has given several accounts with varying details but has broadly maintained the same story: That he saw Martin, and the teenager attacked him, beating him repeatedly. Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense.
In an edited interview played for jurors by the prosecution, Zimmerman told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he didn’t know anything about Florida’s self-defense laws.