Zimmerman, 29, is charged with the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Martin after he shot and killed the teenager Feb. 26 in The Retreat at Twin Lakes neighborhood.
Since the incident, Zimmerman has claimed the shooting occurred in self-defense after Martin beat his head against a sidewalk and broke his nose.
During Friday’s hearing Zimmerman’s defense team argued for the right to subpoena for access to Martin’s social media accounts, Facebook and Twitter, as well as cell phone and school records.
Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara argued these records could show if Martin had any history of violence, which could become valuable evidence when Zimmerman has a self-defense hearing. Although an official request has not been made, O’Mara has stated the defense will seek to have a self-defense hearing where a judge would decide whether or evidence proves Zimmerman may have acted in self-defense that evening.
Additionally, O’Mara requested the right to subpoena for access to social media accounts of Martin’s friends – specifically a juvenile dubbed Witness #8 who was reportedly on the phone with Martin before he was shot.
O’Mara said records from her account may prove she was untruthful about her actions following Marin’s death.
Nelson also allowed O’Mara the right to subpoena for those items, however, because of Twitter and Facebook’s usage agreements it may take time to work with the companies to obtain the information.
Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda also had a motion heard to gain access to Zimmerman’s medical records – documents he said would show what prescription drugs Zimmerman was under the influence of when the shooting occurred.
De la Rionda also noted that although the defense claims Zimmerman’s nose was broken during the Feb. 26 incident, the medical records he’s seen do not prove that.
Although O’Mara provided a full copy of the records to the court, Nelson sad she would review the medical records over the weekend and decide how much of them were relevant to the case and what portion the state would have access to.
Before providing the records O’Mara argued he would allow the state to see records from Altamonte Family Practice 30-days before the incident and 30-days after. Altamonte Family Practice is where Zimmerman was treated for injuries following the shooting.
Earlier this week on Wednesday during a docket sounding Nelson set Zimmerman’s trial date for June 10. Zimmerman, who appeared to have put on weight since his last public appearance, is currently out of the Seminole County jail on a $1 million bond.
He is supposed to remain within Seminole County and can only visit his attorney in Orlando for pre-approved visits.