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Zimmerman's Lawyer Wants To Delay Release Of Documents

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Defense attorney Mark O'Mara, right, talks with attorneys representing media companies during a hearing in the trial of his client George Zimmerman on Friday, April 27, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman is accused of second-degree murder for the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Red Huber, Pool) | AP

ORLANDO, Fla. — The lawyer for the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin wants to delay the release of documents in the case.

Attorney Mark O'Mara said on his website Monday that he's concerned that making the documents public without certain protections for witnesses could pose a threat to their safety.

O'Mara also says he doesn't want a media frenzy directed at the witnesses.

Under Florida rules, documents in a criminal case become a public record 15 days after they have been requested by a defense attorney.

O'Mara says he is delaying requesting those documents until he can file motions that prevent the release of witness names.

The 44-day delay in Zimmerman's arrest after Martin was shot last February inspired protests nationwide.