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Judge quits Florida shooting case

The judge presiding over the case of an unarmed Florida teenager's shooting death has removed herself after the defendant's lawyer said she had a possible conflict of interest.

Florida Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler disqualified herself because of a potential conflict relating to her husband.

He works with Orlando lawyer Mark NeJame, who was first approached by defendant George Zimmerman's family to represent the neighbourhood watch volunteer.

But Mr NeJame declined and referred them to Mark O'Mara, who is now representing Zimmerman. Mr NeJame has since been hired by CNN to comment on the case.

Judge Kenneth M Lester Jr will now preside over the case.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman said he shot Trayvon in self-defence after the teenager attacked him.


From Belfast Telegraph