By Debbie Emery – Radar Reporter
The defense “needs additional time to prepare,” explained Mark O’Mara in a message to Judge Kenneth Lester in the Seminole County, Florida courtroom, reported the Orlando Sentinel.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported the 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer could face life in prison and be hit with up to $10,000 in fines for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin from Sanford, Florida, which has caused outrage across the country.
Martin was killed on February 26 as he was walking through a gated community, carrying candy and iced tea. Zimmerman shot the teen, claiming it was in self defense, and has subsequently been charged with second degree murder and released on $150,000 bond.
Tuesday’s formal proceedings took approximately 30 seconds. The next stage in the controversial trial is a docket sounding, which is essentially a planning and scheduling hearing, on August 8.