George Zimmerman's attorneys on Friday asked a judge to order ABC News and reporter Matt Gutman to surrender all their recordings, notes and correspondence related to one of the most important witnesses in the murder case against their client, Trayvon Martin's girlfriend.
She says she was on the phone with the Miami Gardens 17-year-old when he and Zimmerman came face to face moments before Trayvon was shot Feb. 26.
ABC aired an audio interview with the young woman March 20 during which she said Trayvon told her he was being followed by a strange man and was frightened. She heard Trayvon ask the man, "What are you following me for?" A short time later, the phone went dead, she said.
O'Mara's four-page motion says the call lasted more than 26 minutes but that the recording provided by authorities is only 12:44.
Wrote O'Mara, "It's is apparent from a review of the tape that there are several 'starts' and 'stops' and other obvious edit indicators."
In an email, ABC News Senior Vice President Jeffrey W. Schneider said Friday that network lawyers were reviewing the subpoena request. Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson will listen to arguments Feb. 5.
Zimmerman's attorneys have fought for months to get more information about the recording because much of it is inaudible.
Zimmerman is the 29-year-old former Neighborhood Watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon, who was unarmed, after calling police and describing him as suspicious. Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense.
Also Friday, defense attorneys gave official notice to prosecutors of 15 new pieces of evidence they plan to use.
None appears to be a blockbuster. Instead, the list is mostly police and FDLE records that appear to be the equivalent of fine print, for example a subpoena request by a FDLE agent for Trayvon Martin's phone records and a letter former State Attorney Norm Wolfinger wrote to FDLE, asking its help.
The list also includes four pieces of video, three of them surveillance video from retail stores, parking lots or apartments, the fourth of Zimmerman being arrested by FDLE agents in Jacksonville on April 11.
It's not clear what their evidentiary value is.
Jeff Weiner of the Sentinel staff contributed to this firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-650-6394.