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George Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said he still hasn't received Trayvon Martin's school and social media records, so he's asking a judge for subpoenas, hoping to get that information.  It includes Martin's Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as cell phone records.

"We have not been able to find accounts that we know were there and have anecdotal evidence that definitely existed at one point, which means they were there, and now they are not," said O'Mara.  "I don't know how it was removed from the Internet yet. That's going to be up for further examination, so hopefully, whoever did, made a copy of it."

O'Mara said the accounts existed. "If you look online you can still capture some of it. You can see that pages exist, and the curiosity with that is, if some exists, where's the rest of it?  Just find out.  I have no idea what's in there. If I had done that to a witness of mine, they would ask me what I did with it."

The attorney for Martin's family, Benjamin Crump, responded on Monday evening, releasing a statement which read, "After Trayvon's death, there was a small group of hateful and racist people, who attempted to destroy his legacy, reputation, and image.  These people hacked this dead youth's social media accounts, his email account, and stooped as low as to plaster the Internet with photo shopped and fake images purporting to be Trayvon. On the advice of counsel, and with the intent to preserve Trayvon's public reputation, Trayvon Martin's parents deactivated all of his electronic accounts."  

Trayvon's parents maintain that their son's school records and Facebook page are completely irrelevant to George Zimmerman's decision to get out of his car to "profile, pursue and shoot" the teen in the heart on February 26, 2012, Crump added.

"How does George Zimmerman's review of Trayvon Martin's high school and middle school records and Facebook page bear any relevance to Zimmerman's decision to pull the trigger and kill a seventeen year old child?" he asked.  "Is this going to be a new legal standard we are setting, for a murderer to review the school records and Facebook page of his teenage victim to determine whether or not he should have killed him?"

O'Mara said it's slowing down the case.

"There's a lot of information we don't have yet, and if we get that quickly, if the state joins us for our request in those documents, then it might move quicker and we'll be ready quicker."

He said the records of Zimmerman were handed over early in the case.

"The State got my client's high school records, before I even looked at Trayvon Martin's high school records, so I think the bar has been set," said O'Mara.  "In the case like this, we have to look at what might be there to determine if it's truly relevant information."

O'Mara said that discovery evidence is wide open and includes information from where the defense might find relevant information.  

"If you did that to protect your client, that's great, then you would want to protect the information that you've taken off, so hopefully that's been done," he added, "and if it's destruction of evidence, that's for the prosecutors to decide."

A hearing on the records is expected to take place October 19 in Seminole County Courthouse at 1:30 p.m.

 

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