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Zimmerman defense asks judge for more time

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  • George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. He claims he shot the teenager in self-defense
  • Defense attorneys ask for a delay in trial so they can take a closer look at prosecution's speech analysis expert
George Zimmerman's defense asks for delay in the trial

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George Zimmerman charged killing Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman's attorneys are asking the judge for more time to review new speech analysis evidence recently given to them by prosecutors. HLN affiliate WFTV reports that they're asking for an additional six weeks.

Zimmerman is about to go on trial for second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. He says he shot the teen in self-defense. Jury selection is set to begin June 10.

But a new motion just filed by Zimmerman's defense team says it needs more time. Attorneys want to vet Alan Reich, one of the prosecution's speech identification experts. Defense attorneys say they only received a partial report with Reich's analysis of a 911 call that is at the center of this case.

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On the call, you can hear a struggle in the background and someone who sounds like they're calling for help. Reich says the final word heard before the gunshot that killed Martin is actually “stop,” not “help.” He attributes it to Martin “tentatively” because he thinks it was said by the younger of the two speakers. He says his analysis is still ongoing.

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Zimmerman's defense team says it wasn't aware that Reich would be trying to identify what was being said in the call ("speech" analysis) instead of who was saying it ("speaker" analysis). It may seem like a small difference, but the defense says it's a huge deal in this area of study.

The motion also accuses prosecutors of discovery violations for not handing important information over to the defense team in a timely manner, such as reports extracted from Martin's cellphone.

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The judge will still need to make a ruling on this motion in order for the trial to be delayed.

Stay tuned to HLN and HLNtv.com for complete coverage of this case.

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