The man accused of second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin may ask the judge overseeing his case to remove herself because of a possible conflict of interest.
George Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, said during a court hearing on Friday that he was considering asking the judge, Jessica Recksiedler, to leave the case because one of her husband’s law partners is a legal analyst for CNN. The analyist is Orlando attorney Mark NeJame.
Additionally, O’Mara said his client tried to hire a lawyer from the husband’s law firm before his arrest, creating another possible conflict.
According to USA Today’s Yamiche Alcindor, who was in the courtroom, O’Mara said he would make he decision about whether to formally request Recksiedler’s removal on Monday.
Zimmerman lawyer said he’ll decide if he wants a new judge by Monday.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) April 13, 2012
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