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Will today's hearing set tone for Zimmerman trial?

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  • Out of the public eye for weeks, George Zimmerman is finally back in court and HLN will be covering it LIVE on Tuesday starting at 9 a.m.
Will today's hearing set tone for Zimmerman trial?

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Can George Zimmerman get a fair trial?

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Out of the public eye for weeks, George Zimmerman is finally back in court and HLN will be covering it LIVE on Tuesday starting at 9am.

There is a critical hearing Tuesday in George Zimmerman's case, and it could be one of the last pre-trial hearings before his trial gets under way.

Jury selection for Zimmerman's trial is scheduled to begin June 10.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge for shooting Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. The teenager was returning from a convenience store and was unarmed. Zimmerman told police he shot the teen in self-defense.

At the hearing Tuesday, attorneys will argue several motions filed by the defense. The defense wants the prosecution to turn over phone records from Zimmerman and his wife.

Zimmerman's attorneys also want access to the confidential settlement agreement between the Martin family and the homeowners association of the neighborhood where Martin was shot.

Zimmerman's attorneys are also asking Judge Debra Nelson to sanction the prosecution for violating rules of discovery for failing to turn over evidence in a timely manner.

Read more: Defense denied access to Martin's girlfriend's records

The court could also hear arguments Tuesday about a motion the prosecutors filed this week. Prosecutors want Zimmerman to declare in open court whether he is going to ask for immunity under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. During a hearing held in March, Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara said his client was not going to pursue immunity under the "Stand Your Ground" law and will continue directly to his trial. For prosecutors, O'Mara's statement isn't enough, they want Zimmerman to say on the record whether he will pursue immunity.

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The motion prosecutors filed this week asks the judge to advise Zimmerman of his rights under the "Stand Your Ground Law," and to ask him directly on the record whether he is waiving his rights under the law. Zimmerman is expected to attend Tuesday's hearing.

Read more: Will Zimmerman have a 'Stand Your Ground' hearing?

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