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by KYLE HIGHTOWER and MIKE SCHNEIDER,Associated Press
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A judge has ruled that attorneys can present evidence about a college criminal justice course taken by George Zimmerman during the former neighborhood watch volunteer’s murder trial.
The course included work regarding Florida’s self-defense law.
Judge Debra Nelson ruled Wednesday that evidence about the coursework could be shown during trial.
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara had argued the coursework was not relevant to the case and called the prosecution’s effort to introduce it as “a witch hunt.”
Prosecutors say the school records show that 29-year-old Zimmerman had knowledge of the law, though he maintained in an interview with Fox News last year that he didn’t. Jurors heard that interview on Tuesday.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year. Martin was unarmed.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.