Zimmerman Defense Team To Seek Hearing On Stand Your Ground Law

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SANFORD, FL. (KPLR) - George Zimmerman's legal team announced Thursday they will seek a hearing under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.   It could clear Zimmerman of his second-degree murder charge in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman says he shot the unarmed 17-year-old in self-defense in February because Martin attacked him.

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law allows the use of deadly force if necessary to prevent death or bodily harm.

In a statement on his web site, Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara describes the hearing as a "mini-trial."

If the judge decides that "Stand Your Ground" applies, the case could be dismissed and Zimmerman could get immunity under the law.

No date has been announced for the hearing.

O'Mara says it will take several months to prepare their case.
Meanwhile, prosecutors Thursday mistakenly released 76 documents being used to build their case against Zimmerman.   They include: a grainy black and white photo of Trayvon Martin's body and school records for George Zimmerman.

Special Prosecutor Angela Corey's office later issued a statement asking reporters to disregard the information.