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Judge in George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin murder case expected to step aside

George Zimmerman is directed by a Seminole County Deputy during a court hearing Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Pool,AP Photo/Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel

George Zimmerman is directed by a Seminole County Deputy during a court hearing Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Sanford, Fla.
Pool,AP Photo/Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel

(CBS) SANFORD, Fla. - Florida Judge Jessica Recksiedler, overseeing the George Zimmerman second-degree murder case, is expected to step down Wednesday, reports the Sun-Sentinel.

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Recksiedler's replacement will be someone chosen from among three remaining felony judges in Seminole County.

A statement issued by court officials Tuesday said Recksiedler will decide what to do no later than Friday. However, that decision should be made clear Wednesday, when the judge is expected to sign an order taking herself off the case.

According to the paper, Zimmerman's defense attorney Mark O'Mara filed paperwork on Monday asking her to step down from the case because her husband is a partner of attorney Mark NeJame, who is reportedly under contract with CNN to give analysis of the case.

Central Florida lawyers agreed she doesn't have many options other than to grant O'Mara's motion because there is a possible conflict of interest.

The 28-year-old Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26.

Complete coverage of the Trayvon Martin case on CBS News

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