MIAMI — The Miami neighborhood watch volunteer accused of killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin will appear in court on August 8 after a US judge granted the accused’s request for more time to prepare his defense.
George Zimmerman, 28, has pleaded not guilty to the charges arising from the shooting of Martin on February 26 as the 17-year-old crossed a gated community on his way home from buying sweets at a shop in the Florida town of Sanford.
Judge Kenneth Lester approved a request from Zimmerman’s lawyer for more time to prepare his case, but he ordered that the suspect appear at the hearing on August 8, according to court documents released Wednesday.
The case has attracted national attention, including protests led by civil rights leaders, because police initially accepted Zimmerman’s claim that he shot Martin in self-defense.
They refused to arrest Zimmerman until a special prosecutor finally brought second degree murder charges against him April 11.
Zimmerman has been out of the public eye since being freed on bail last month.