George Zimmerman asks for new judge; cites case conflict

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George Zimmerman (C) appears for a bond hearing at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 12, 2012 (Gary Green/The Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images)
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  • SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman is asking a judge in the Trayvon Martin shooting case to step down after she revealed a potential conflict of interest.

    Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, filed the request Monday in Seminole County Circuit Court. O'Mara later said Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler revealed the potential conflict last week and that he wants the issue to be addressed now rather than later if there ends up being a conflict.

    Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder Martin's Feb. 26 death. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, saying it was self-defense.

    Recksiedler's potential conflict involves her husband, who works with Orlando attorney Mark NeJame.

    Zimmerman's family first approached NeJame about representing Zimmerman. He declined and referred them to O'Mara. NeJame also is serving as a CNN legal analyst on the case.

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