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Trayvon Martin Update: Judge again denies Zimmerman defense request to depose lawyer for Martin's family

George Zimmerman, right, arrives with his lead counsel, Mark O'Mara, for a hearing in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Zimmerman's attorneys presented a motion Tuesday asking Judge Debra Nelson to push the trial from mid-June back to November, but she denied the defense request to delay the trial. Zimmerman is accused of shooting Florida teenager Trayvon Martin last year. He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges. AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Pool, Joe Burbank

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George Zimmerman, right, arrives with his lead counsel, Mark O'Mara, for a hearing in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Feb. 5, 2013.
AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Pool, Joe Burbank
(AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - For a second time, a judge has denied a request by George Zimmerman's attorney to depose a lawyer for the family of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen fatally shot by Zimmerman.

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Circuit Judge Debra Nelson issued the denial on Thursday.

Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, wanted to depose Ben Crump, claiming he could provide testimony that shows a key witness for prosecutors had lied.

Crump interviewed the teen known as "Witness 8" shortly after Martin's shooting death in February 2012.

Prosecutors say Witness 8 was on the phone with Martin moments before he died.

Martin was fatally shot by Zimmerman during a confrontation at a gated community in Sanford, an Orlando suburb. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense. His trial is set for June.

A month-and-a-half lag between the shooting and Zimmerman's arrest led to nationwide protests.

Complete coverage of the Trayvon Martin case on CBS News

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