George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, asked a judge to allow him to enter a plea of not guilty and waive arraignment on a murder charge, according to an April 16 court filing made public today.
Zimmerman, 28, fatally shot 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26 in the central-Florida town north of Orlando. He claimed he shot him in self-defense, according to police. He was charged with second-degree murder on April 11, following protests in several U.S. cities demanding he be prosecuted.
Zimmerman was released from jail yesterday after posting a $150,000 bond and being fitted with a monitoring device.
Jackelyn Barnard, a spokeswoman for Florida state attorney Angela Corey, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the April 16 filing.
The case is State of Florida v. Zimmerman, 1712FO4573, Florida Circuit Court of the 18th Judicial Circuit (Seminole County).
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