Zimmerman defense team wants trial date pushed back

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Just before the last scheduled hearing before George Zimmerman's trial takes place Tuesday morning, the defense is asking for more time, blaming the state for giving them last-minute information.

Who was screaming for help on the 911 calls has been under debate. But now what's being said has become an issue, and getting a new voice analyst expert will take more time. That's why George Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, has filed paperwork saying the defense counsel will not have enough time to direct this new matter between now and the time of the trial, currently scheduled for June.

But Trayvon Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump, disagrees, saying they've had plenty of time to prepare.

"If it is Trayvon Martin crying for help, that is contradictory of someone trying to kill somebody. He's crying for help, but yet you shoot and kill anyway. I think that is very telling," Crump said.

But O'Mara disagrees.

"George Zimmerman is innocent because he acted in self defense that night. There's no question about that," he said.

A few days ago, O'Mara's team released pictures and text messages from Trayvon Martin's cell phone that discuss fighting, marijuana and guns.

"If the state brings up Trayvon Martin's past or George Zimmerman's past in the way it makes Trayvon Martin's past relevant, I think this information really fills out of the picture of who Trayvon Martin was that night and is going to be very relevant," O'Mara said.

O'Mara wants the trial delayed by six weeks. But Crump says Martin's family wants to get it over with.

"I don't think the judge is going to agree with them," Crump said. "She's going to say, 'You had all kinds of time to prepare for this case.' "

Whatever the outcome, both sides agree there needs to be faith in our justice system and race relations need to improve, even before the trial.

"The state has not revealed their case because they want to try their case in the courtroom. So I do think it's going to be an interesting trial, as we see the evidence that comes out that the state has against George Zimmerman," Crump said.

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