Judge Jessica Recksiedler should be replaced in the George Zimmerman case, says defense attorney Mark O’Mara.
SANFORD, Fla. _ George Zimmerman was wearing bandages the day after he killed Trayvon Martin, his neighbors said, boosting his story that he was injured in a life-or-death scuffle with the teenager.
Jorge Rodriguez, Zimmerman’s next-door neighbor, told Reuters that Zimmerman “had two big, butterfly bandages on the back of his head, and another big bandage on the bridge of his nose.”The severity of Zimmerman’s injuries are key to his defense under Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense law.
Zimmerman says Trayvon jumped him on Feb. 26, broke his nose and pounded his head into the ground. Zimmerman said he fired his weapon in fear of his life. Police video taken about an hour later, after Zimmerman was attended to by paramedics, appeared to show him unmarred. But several neighbors told Reuters he looked battered the next day. “I saw two bandages on the back of his head, and his nose was all swollen up,” said one witness.
Meanwhile, Zimmerman lawyer Mark O’Mara formally requested a new judge in the second-degree murder case because Judge Jessica Recksiedler’s husband’s law partner is paid by CNN to analyze the case. “I hope it gets done immediately. I want a judge in this case so I can have a bond hearing,” O’Mara said.
Zimmerman, who was arrested last week for shooting the unarmed 17-year-old, is “frustrated” at being in jail, O’Mara said. His family has yet to visit, he said. “He’s standing in his cell — 10 feet by 10 feet,” O’Mara said. “He’s biding his time. Waiting to get out.”
Zimmerman faces life in prison if convicted.