Bail hearing set for shooter of Florida teen Trayvon Martin

SANFORD, Florida Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:06pm EDT

1 of 9. Attorney Mark O'Mara (L) looks on George Zimmerman (R) makes his first appearance on second degree murder charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in courtroom J2 at the Seminole County Correctional Facility in Sanford, April 12, 2012.

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SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - George Zimmerman, charged with killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, will remain in police custody for at least one more week after a Florida court on Friday set a bail hearing date for April 20.

The 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer surrendered to police on Wednesday when Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey charged him with second-degree murder in the February shooting death of 17-year-old Martin.

Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara has said he wants his client released from jail but did not request that at Zimmerman's initial court appearance on Thursday out of concern for his safety. Emotions are running high in the racially charged case, which has captured national attention.

Zimmerman is being held in protective custody for his safety in the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in the central Florida town of Sanford.

At a hastily scheduled hearing on Friday, meanwhile, the judge assigned to the case, Jessica Recksiedler, disclosed a possible conflict of interest. Her husband's law partner, Mark Nejame, is a legal analyst for television's CNN and was previously asked by Zimmerman to represent him. Nejame turned down the request.

Recksiedler did not recuse herself from the case during the hearing. She asked the attorneys to file motions if either party wants her removed from the case, and to do so before the April 20 bail hearing.

(Writing by Dan Burns; Editing by Philip Barbara)

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Comments (3)
box249 wrote:
This is so sad for everyone involved. Trayvon’s poor family must feel absolutely terrible. George Zimmerman’s life is ruined. He obviously made a very bad mistake and is probably very sorry for what he did.
But, then probably 99% of all incarcerated felons are very sorry for what they did. Maybe this will be a lesson for other would be “neighborhood watchmen”.

Apr 13, 2012 12:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
justsayin2011 wrote:
At the moment, the only lesson anyone can possibly learn is that the media will alter audiotapes to generate interest and the wool-headed sheep who believe every word they say will rush to the judgement said media outlets have calculated will make them the most money. Before you condemn this guy, you might, at least, let him have a trial. Learn from China, Iran and N. Korea — even if the outcome is predetermined they at least wait for a trial to convict and condemn. Or, do you really prefer resembling Nazi Germany where the troopers just come in the night, arrest, convict and execute you on the spot?

Apr 14, 2012 12:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fearmongger wrote:
It’s a sad event. I do not intend to play judge on this one. I’ll leave this one to the “Judicial System”. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tryavon, and George’s families.

Apr 14, 2012 10:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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