Trayvon Martin Case: Judge denies state motion for gag order on George Zimmerman's attorney

George Zimmerman, left, walks into court with attorney Mark O'Mara, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 in Sanford, Fla.
AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, George Skene, Pool

(CBS) SANFORD, Fla. - The judge in the George Zimmerman case has denied the state's request to issue a gag order for Zimmerman's attorney, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. 

On Friday, Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda argued that he believes Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara has been using a website, social media and news conferences to influence potential jurors.

O'Mara launched a website, as well as Twitter and Facebook accounts in April, citing a need to diffuse fraudulent Internet entities that claimed to come from Zimmerman.

O'Mara contends he doesn't discuss specific evidence on the sites and has been compliant with all bar rules. He said he put up the website manage the press "ethically and properly."

Judge Nelson also ordered Zimmerman's stand your ground hearing must be filed and heard on before April 26, 45 days before the trial is schedule to begin.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, citing Florida's "stand your ground" law as his defense to shooting the unarmed teenager in February.


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