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Judge denies Zimmerman motions

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  • George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin
  • During a hearing Tuesday, Zimmerman's attorneys argued to have Zimmerman's bail restrictions changed
Judge denies Zimmerman motions

George Zimmerman's attorneys didn't get their way Tuesday. Judge Debra Nelson denied their motions to amend Zimmerman's bond restrictions.

During Tuesday's hearing, Zimmerman’s attorneys argued that their client should be allowed to leave Seminole County, Florida, for his own safety. Nelson denied the defense's request to allow him to travel the state freely, and their request for Zimmerman to not be required to wear a GPS tracking device.

Zimmerman has been out on bond since July 6, when he was released from custody a second time. Judge Kenneth Lester revoked Zimmerman’s initial bond because he had deceived the court about his family’s financial status and the fact that he had two passports.

In addition to not being allowed to leave the county, Zimmerman has other bond restrictions. He must report to authorities every two days. He cannot have a bank account or go near an airport. He is also not allowed to possess a passport. As before, Zimmerman must also abide by a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., and the curfew is to be monitored electronically.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He has pleaded not guilty.

Read In Session's live blog below for a minute-by-minute recap of Tuesday's hearing:

10:27 a.m. ET: The hearing has concluded.

10:26 a.m. ET: Nelson has scheduled time for future hearings on January 8, and February 5.

10:25 a.m. ET: Nelson is discussing future dates with attorneys from both sides.

10:21 a.m. ET: Judge Nelson denied the defense's motion requesting an amendment to Zimmerman's bond restrictions. Zimmerman will have to stay in Seminole county, and will have to continue wearing a GPS tracking device.

10:19 a.m. ET: O'Mara says he wants reasonable bond restrictions, and he deserves the freedom to travel around the state of Florida and to remove the GPS tracking device.

10:18 a.m. ET: O'Mara says his client wears a bulletproof vest, and he should be able to leave the county for his safety.  He also says there is a reason why Zimmerman was told by his university and employer that he couldn't come back after the shooting.

10:16 a.m. ET: O'Mara says he wants the case to go to trial, but wants his client to make it to trial hinting at the fact that Zimmerman's life is in danger.

10:14 a.m. ET: Defense attorney O'Mara says that the case has inflamed the nation, and his client shouldn't have to deal with it in hiding.

10:12 a.m. ET: Prosecutor de la Rionda wraps his argument by reminding the court of what happened the night Martin died.

10:09 a.m. ET: Prosecutor de la Rionda says that nothing has changed since July when Zimmerman was released. He also wonders why Zimmerman is walking through the front door of the courtroom and appearing on TV if he is in danger.

10:03 a.m. ET: Prosecutor de la Rionda says that the defense can't have it both ways, because they drum up all this publicity then complain he isn't safe. He asks the court why are we here today, to "sign autographs?"

10:00 a.m. ET: Prosecutor de la Rionda reminds the court that Zimmerman deceived the court, and says the defense attorneys would like to pretend that never happened. He also says he opposes the defense's request to amend Zimmerman's bond restrictions.

9:59 a.m. ET: O'Mara says his client should be treated as a person who is accused, not convicted.

9:58 a.m. ET: O'Mara is supporting his argument by showing all the ways Zimmerman has complied with his bond conditions since he was released in July.

9:56 a.m. ET: O'Mara says he doesn't want his client to have to wear a GPS tracking device. He also asks the judge to allow Zimmerman to leave Seminole County for his safety.

9:54 a.m. ET: Nelson moves on to the defense's request to modify Zimmerman's bond restrictions. O'Mara has called a witness who has monitored Zimmerman since he has been released from custody in July. The witness says Zimmerman has complied with all of his condition.s

9:50 a.m. ET: Zimmerman's attorney Don West wants to know which witnesses listened to the 911 call and whether they identified the voices in the recording. De La Rionda agreed and said he would release this information to the defense.

9:49 a.m. ET: The judge is back on the bench and is discussing the 911 call and the recordings of the call.

9:45 a.m. ET: The hearing is about to resume, attorneys are back in the courtroom.

9:41 a.m. ET: Zimmerman is still sitting at the defense table with his eyes closed.

9:36 a.m. ET: The hearing should resume any minute now.

9:31 a.m. ET: During the break, Zimmerman is sitting with his eyes closed at the defense table taking what looks like deep breaths.

9:20 a.m. ET: Judge Nelson suggests that the court take a 10 minute break so attorneys from both sides can talk about what the defense is requesting. Court is now in recess for 10 minutes.

9:19 a.m. ET: Prosecutor Bernie De Le Rionda says he doesn't understand the defense's request. De Le Rionda also says that Zimmerman was played the 911 call and did not identify it as his own voice.

9:17 a.m. ET: West wants all reports, and any analysis of Zimmerman's 911 call turned over to the defense.

9:12 a.m. ET: Zimmerman's attorney Don West is discussing a recording of Zimmerman's call to 911 the night Martin was shot.

9:09 a.m. ET: Nelson clarifies that the defense should have access to all files from any law enforcement agency.

9:06 a.m. ET: Nelson denies O'Mara's request for the FDLE files, because he isn't sure what he needs. She says he needs to go to FDLE and look at their files to find out what he needs first.

9:05 a.m. ET: Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara says he wants files from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement regarding his client.

9:03 a.m. ET: The defense wants to know if there are any other recordings of the interview between Crump and Martin's girlfriend. Nelson says they need to depose Crump and ask him.

8:59: a.m. ET: Zimmerman's attorneys are asking Nelson to have prosecutors turn over a recording device that has Crump's interview with Martin's girlfriend on it.

8:58: a.m. ET: Nelson says motions need to be filed two days before the date of a hearing for them to be discussed.

8:56 a.m. ET: Judge Nelson is on the bench and is discussing various motions from the defense. The motions include a request for more depositions, and another motion asking for Martin family attorney Ben Crump to turn over evidence. Zimmerman is in court and is wearing a suit.

8:48 a.m. ET: Prosecutors enter the courtroom

 

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