Hearing in Zimmerman case to address a number of motions

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Hearing in Zimmerman case to address a number of motions

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SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

George Zimmerman will be in court on Tuesday morning for several motions.

As the state and defense teams prepare for Zimmerman's trial, his attorney Mark O'Mara said he continues to wait for evidence.  He is asking the judge to acknowledge that the lead prosecutor is violating discovery rules and wants sanctions against the state. He is asking for items like Trayvon Martin's cell phone records.

"It is malpractice for me not to look at social media," O'Mara said.  "It is malpractice of me not to take advantage of phone records that exist, or information on a phone that we have subpoena powers over."

But Martin's family attorney Ben Crump disagrees.

"George Zimmerman only saw him (Martin) walking down the street.  He didn't know anything about his social media.  He didn't know anything about his cell phone records.  He didn't know him from Adam.  All he knew... he had on a hoodie."

Some observers say the fight over evidence has recently turned nasty, after the defense requested $4,500, because the unnamed "Witness No. 8" was 5 hours late to a deposition. While O'Mara wanted the videographer and his workers to be paid for that time, the lead prosecutor accused him of grandstanding. 

"Pleading like that tells me we're going to stand in the box throwing dirt at each other, and it just demeans my profession and it demeans the process," said O'Mara.

O'Mara said he did not plan to have a self-defense immunity/Stand Your Ground hearing, but he doesn't think it's right that the state wants his client to give up that right during the hearing.

"We have a trial on June 10, and we'll figure out how to present, what to present, then."

Jury selection and settlement issues will also be taken up. 

Meanwhile, an appellate court is expected to rule whether or not Crump will be deposed in the case. O'Mara said, "Mr. Crump has intentionally made himself a very significant witness in this case. The fact that he is an attorney protects a certain amount of that."

Crump has responded, "If the court was to say that I had to give a deposition, I would imagine the precedent it would set, and I would be asking for a deposition of Mr. O'Mara as it relates to what he knew about George Zimmerman's jail house conversations."

George Zimmerman's is charged with second-degree murder.  He has claimed his actions were taken in self-defense.

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