George Zimmerman has waived his right to a speedy trial because his legal team needs more time to prepare their case. The waiver means Zimmerman will not be brought to trial until at least October. Zimmerman was able to do this per Florida law, which says suspects charged with a felony are required to be brought to trial within 175 days of the charges unless the suspect chooses to waive the requirement.
Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara filed the motion on Tuesday in Seminole County, Fla.’s circuit court with a two-page document outlining his client’s requests.
Kenneth Nunn, a professor and legal expert at the University of Florida, believes the trial probably won’t start until spring 2013. He also believes this move could work in favor of the prosecution because it gives them more time to analyze details like audiotapes and gather witnesses.
Zimmerman was released on a $150,000 bond on April 22 and has pleaded not guilty on his second-degree murder charge. He is accused of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed black male. Zimmerman admitted to shooting Martin but says it was self-defense. The case sparked public outcry after 44 days passed before Zimmerman was arrested and because Martin was African American and Zimmerman is Peruvian and Caucasian.