An attorney for George Zimmerman said in court Tuesday that he did not need a two-week immunity hearing in April to determine whether the defendant acted in self-defense under Florida's "stand your ground law."
Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, 17, during a neighborhood confrontation on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla.
His defense has maintained that he shot Martin, who was unarmed, in self-defense.
The two-week hearing had been scheduled to determine whether Zimmerman could be exempt from culpability by a legal principle in Florida known as "stand your ground," in which a person is given immunity for using deadly force if he or she had a reasonable fear of imminent death or great bodily injury.
In an immunity hearing, a judge would decide whether Zimmerman was protected by the stand-your-ground law. Zimmerman did not appear at the hearing, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara has not given a detailed explanation for the move on a website set up for Zimmerman's legal defense, as has been his custom. But he told the judge he might like to integrate the stand-your-ground defense into Zimmerman's trial and told local reporters the move would give the defense more time to prepare.