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Trayvon Martin Shooter Seeks to Plead Not Guilty in Florida

George Zimmerman sits on the stand during his bond hearing in a Seminole County courtroom in Sanford, Florida. Photographer: Gary Green/The Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images
George Zimmerman sits on the stand during his bond hearing in a Seminole County courtroom in Sanford, Florida. Photographer: Gary Green/The Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images

April 24 (Bloomberg) -- 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).

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Dolmetsch in New York at cdolmetsch@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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