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Judge allows school records in Zimmerman trial

3 years 5 months 1 day ago July 03, 2013 Jul 3, 2013 Wednesday, July 03 2013 July 03, 2013 9:41 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. - Prosecutors at George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial have been presenting evidence about his work in a college criminal justice course.

They say the work shows that Zimmerman knew about Florida's self-defense law. In an interview last year with Fox News, Zimmerman had maintained that he did not know about the law.

Zimmerman is claiming that he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense.

Prosecutors called as a witness the military attorney who taught Zimmerman's class -- a class that covered Florida's stand-your-ground law. The law says a person has no duty to retreat and can invoke self-defense in killing someone if it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm.

The instructor described Zimmerman as one of his better students, and said he got an "A'' in the class.

In addition to allowing that testimony today, the judge ruled that prosecutors can show the jury Zimmerman's job application to a police agency in 2009, and his application to ride around with Sanford police a year later.

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