More Zimmerman evidence coming Thursday

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  • George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin
  • Prosecutors say they will release new evidence to the public Thursday
More Zimmerman evidence coming Thursday

Prosecutors in the George Zimmerman case say they will release new evidence to the public Thursday morning.

The documents will include new witness statements, FBI reports and Zimmerman’s prior calls to police.

The evidence in the Zimmerman case is being released slowly for two reasons. Florida is an open records state, and generally the evidence gathered by law enforcement is released to the public without restrictions. However, Judge Kenneth Lester has made an exception in this case, allowing attorneys from both sides to review evidence in the case and withhold information they see fit before releasing it.

If the media or the public objects to what information is being withheld, they can petition the court for its release. A hearing can then be held to determine whether the evidence should be released.

Zimmerman was released from jail on July 6 after posting $100,000 in bond and collateral. Zimmerman's defense fund has raised $36,000 in donations since being granted bond for a second time.

Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara told CNN’s Piers Morgan that he doesn’t like to ask for donations, but the high bail amount made it necessary.

“I am a bit conflicted by it, to be honest. We are trying to deal with the reality that George doesn’t have any funds of his own," O'Mara said. "He can only get those funds from his supporters and a lot of those supporters, the comments they have given us, have shown a variety, a spectrum, of support -- a lot of which are those that believe that George did, in fact, act appropriately."

Zimmerman's attorney said his client is being kept at a safehouse in Seminole County, Florida, because his bond restrictions prevent him from leaving the county.

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