Zimmerman Appeals For New Judge in Martin Shooting

His case will be delayed until the appeals court decides whether to hear the appeal

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    George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, says the judge presiding over his case has made disparaging remarks about him. Zimmerman says in an appeal filed Tuesday that he fears Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. is biased against him and he wants a new judge to handle his case. (Published Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012)

    George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, says the judge presiding over his case has made disparaging remarks about him.

    Zimmerman says in an appeal filed Tuesday that he fears Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. is biased against him and he wants a new judge to handle his case.

    Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 death of Martin, 17, of Miami Gardens in a gated community in Sanford.

    Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, saying he acted in self-defense.

    The appeal was filed with the 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach.

    All proceedings in Zimmerman's case will be delayed until that court decides whether to hear the appeal.

    The lack of an arrest for 45 days led to protests around the nation.

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