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Trayvon Martin death: Lawyers want evidence to be private

ANNOUNCEMENT: Lawyers for George Zimmerman [pictured] requested to keep evidence private

LAWYERS FOR George Zimmerman and the family of murdered teen, Trayvon Martin, have said they want some evidence kept private until the trial begins.

Representatives from both sides asked a judge to keep statements from the Zimmerman, the self-styled neighbourhood watchman who shot Martin in February, and the names and addresses of witnesses, from being publicly released, reports The Associated Press.

Both types of evidence would normally would be part of the public record under Florida law.

Prosecutors have also reportedly said that some of Zimmerman's statements were inconsistent with statements from other witnesses and physical evidence found on the 28-year-old.

The prosecution said: "Defendant has provided law enforcement with numerous statements, some of which are contradictory."

It has been reported that Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, has also requested to keep private text messages, emails and journal entries he made, as releasing the information could 'adversely affect the proper administration of justice'.

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Prosecutors also asked that crime scene photos of the Martin's body and his cellphone records to not be released publicly.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting the 17-year-old during an alleged confrontation on February 26 at a gated community, in Sanford, Florida.

He has pleaded not guilty and claims he killed the teen in self-defence.

The case continues.

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