George Zimmerman's Attorney Moving Forward With Appeal

Mark O'Mara is appealing Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr.'s decision not to recuse himself

By Kyle Hightower
|  Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012  |  Updated 3:16 PM EDT
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Defense attorney Mark O'Mara appears in court during a hearing in the trial of his client George Zimmerman on Friday, April 27, 2012, in Sanford.

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The attorney for the shooter of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin says he is filing his appeal this week of the trial judge's recent ruling not to recuse himself from the case.

Mark O'Mara, who is representing George Zimmerman on a second-degree murder charge for the fatal February shooting of Martin, said Monday he expects the Fifth District Court of Appeals to act quickly, but said it could take several weeks for a ruling.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. denied O'Mara's motion asking for the recusal earlier this month.

O'Mara argued then and is continuing to argue to the appeals court that language Lester used in setting Zimmerman's $1 million bond showed bias.

Zimmerman, 28, has pleaded not guilty in the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin, 17, in Sanford. He claims self-defense.

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