Family members of George Zimmerman, the man charged in the killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, will testify for him by phone during a bail hearing set for Friday in a Florida court, television station WKMG reported.
Zimmerman is expected to ask to be released from jail while he awaits trial on a second-degree murder charge in the Feb. 26 killing, which has drawn national scrutiny. A judge is scheduled to hear arguments on Friday.
WKMG reported that an emergency hearing was held Thursday to arrange for Zimmerman’s family to testify by phone in the hearing.
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