A Florida judge has denied a request from George Zimmerman’s defence attorney to acquit the neighbourhood watch volunteer of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.

Defence attorney Mark O’Mara argued for acquittal Friday after prosecutors rested their case, reports The Associated Press.

O’Mara said prosecutors hadn’t proved their case. He said there was enormous evidence presented over the past two weeks that Zimmerman had acted in self-defence.

Prosecutor Richard Mantei argued the state had met its burden and that Zimmerman had lied about what happened.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Martin last year. He pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defence.


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