Court records released in George Zimmerman case

Published April 23 2012
Updated April 23 2012

Several court documents have been released in Seminole County in the case against George Zimmerman, the man accused of second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The records include motions to disqualify a judge and those from media outlets seeking to have the court records made public.

The court records had initially been sealed, at the request of Zimmerman's attorneys. But Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. issued an order unsealing the records. They were posted Monday on the 18th circuit's website.

Some facts, such as addresses, have been blacked out.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who is Hispanic, was arrested this month in the Feb. 26 shooting death of Martin, an African-American teen who was not armed. Zimmerman was charged by a special prosecutor.

Anne Arsenault, an attorney representing the Tampa Bay Times, said media outlets will be waiting to see when prosecutors provide investigative records, called discovery documents, to the defense. At that point, media organizations are expected to seek access to those records as well, something that routinely happens in other criminal cases.