Documents Show Zimmerman Already Pleaded Not Guilty In Trayvon Martin Killing

George Zimmerman has reportedly already pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

The Orlando Sentinel looked at documents unsealed today in the case against Zimmerman, who was released early this morning on bond from a Seminole County jail, and discovered his attorney filed a written plea days ago.

Zimmerman is scheduled to be arraigned next month and was expected to plead not guilty at that time. It’s unclear what effect the newly revealed plea will have on that hearing.

The Sentinel notes that the Zimmerman case has been shrouded in a fair amount of secrecy since he was charged earlier this month. Prosecutors have agreed with Zimmerman’s defense team to keep most of the filings in the case under seal.

Media attorneys are scheduled on Friday to ask the judge to unseal all the files in the case.

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