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Zimmerman Won’t Be Able To Depose Attorney

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George Zimmerman arrives with his lead counsel, Mark O'Mara for a hearing in Seminole circuit court on Feb. 5, 2013 in Sanford, Fla. (credit: Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman arrives with his lead counsel, Mark O’Mara for a hearing in Seminole circuit court on Feb. 5, 2013 in Sanford, Fla. (credit: Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For a second time, a judge is denying George Zimmerman’s attorney from deposing a lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s family.

Circuit Judge Debra Nelson issued the denial on Thursday.

Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, had wanted to depose Ben Crump, claiming he could provide testimony that shows a key witness for prosecutors had lied.

Crump had interviewed the teen known as “Witness 8″ shortly after Martin’s shooting death in February 2012.

Prosecutors say Witness 8 was on the phone with Martin moments before he died.

Martin was fatally shot by Zimmerman during a confrontation at a gated community in the Orlando suburb, Sanford. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense. His trial is set for June.

A month-and-a-half delay in Zimmerman’s arrest led to nationwide protests.

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