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Judge denies motion to delay in Zimmerman trial

1:28 PM, Jun 10, 2013   |    comments
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George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom during a recess in Seminole circuit court on the first day of his trial June 10, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Jury selection will begin today as Zimmerman is charged with the second-degree murder of an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Joe Burbank - Pool/Getty Images)

SANFORD, Fla. -- Jury selection in the George Zimmerman murder trial continued Monday afternoon after a failed attempt by the defense to have the trial delayed.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara filed a last-minute motion Monday morning, asking Circuit Judge Debra Nelson to push the start of the trial back.

O'Mara claimed Zimmerman's defense team needed more time to prepare, in part because of a delay in getting evidence from the state. He also claimed to need more time to interview an attorney for Trayvon Martin's family.

Prosecutors objected to the motion, and ultimately Nelson agreed. The trial started as scheduled with jury selection.

Nelson then adjourned the court so she, the defense and the state could go over questionnaires with the first 100 potential jurors.

All parties returned to the courtroom around noon.

Zimmerman has plead not guilty to second-degree murder charges for the death of 17-year-old Martin.

Martin's family issued this statement before the start of the trial on Monday morning:

"We are relieved that the trial is starting today with the selection of jury members. We are seeking justice for our son and a fair trial. Trayvon's life was taken unnecessarily and tragically, but we call upon the community to be peaceful. We have placed our faith in the justice system and ask that the community do the same. Please pray for Trayvon and for our family."

Zimmerman's brother, Robert, also addressed the media on day one.

He called his brother a good man who people would like if they got to know him.

He said the state does not have a solid case and that he is surprised it hasn't been dropped yet.

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