KILLED: Trayvon Martin
A JUDGE presiding over the trial of a man who shot dead innocent teenager Trayvon Martin is holding a hearing to discuss scheduling and jury selection.
Neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman is set to go on trial in June for second-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty, claiming he acted in self-defence when he shot the 17-year-old in Florida on February 26, 2012.
The hearing was requested by Zimmerman's attorneys who want to nail down the scheduling of Zimmerman's "stand your ground" hearing in which the judge will decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial or if the case should be dismissed.
That hearing must be held by the end of April.
Trayvon was fatally shot as he made his way home from a nearby shop in a gated community in Sanford, Florida.
Zimmerman claimed the teen was acting 'suspicious' and he shot him in self-defence after an confrontation in the gated community.
IN COURT: George Zimmerman arrives for a hearing in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Florid earlier this month