George Zimmerman defense asks judge for original recording of interview with ‘star witness’
George Zimmerman’s legal team has asked a judge to force an attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family to turn over to the defense a recorded interview with the witness described as the teen’s girlfriend.
According to Benjamin Crump, an attorney representing Trayvon’s family, the girlfriend was on the phone with 17-year-old Trayvon moments before he was shot by Zimmerman on Feb. 26.
At issue is a recorded interview Crump conducted with the girl, identified in prosecution documents as Witness 8. Crump played a portion of his talk with Witness 8 at a press conference in late March.
Crump has said that Witness 8 is 16 years old, but the defense writes in its motion that she is actually 18. She has not been publicly identified by either the state or defense, pursuant to a judge’s order.
Witness 8’s testimony may prove crucial to the state’s case, because her account of events corroborates the state’s assertion that Zimmerman pursued Trayvon before the shooting in Sanford.