Zimmerman wants evidence private in Martin case

On Feb. 26, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as he was walking back from a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman claimed he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense and was released by the police shortly after the incident. The shooting set off a nationwide debate over race and justice. And on April 11, Zimmerman turned himself in after being charged with second-degree murder. On April 20, he was granted a $150,000 bond and left jail around midnight April 23. George Zimmerman appears before Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. during a bond hearing in Sanford, Fla., on April 20.
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(AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - Both sides in the Trayvon Martin murder case want some evidence kept private until trial.

Prosecutors and George Zimmerman's attorneys in motions Thursday asked a judge to keep statements Zimmerman gave detectives and the names and addresses of witnesses from being publicly released. Both items normally would be part of the public record under Florida law.

Prosecutors said some of Zimmerman's statements were inconsistent with physical evidence and statements from other witnesses.

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"Defendant has provided law enforcement with numerous statements, some of which are contradictory ..." the prosecution's motion said.

Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara also wants to keep private text messages, emails and journal entries the defendant made, at least until he can review them.

O'Mara said releasing the information would "adversely affect the proper administration of justice in this case, and may make it impossible to find an appropriate jury unaffected by this information."

Prosecutors asked that Martin's cellphone records and crime scene photos of the teen's body not be released publicly.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting the 17-year-old Martin during a confrontation in February at a gated community near Orlando.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and claims self-defense. The lack of an arrest in the case for 44 days spurred an international outcry and protests nationwide.