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George Zimmerman ‘ready and willing to testify’ in his own defense

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 29, 2013

George Zimmerman, the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer who is on trial for shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, wants to testify in his defense, RadarOnline.com exclusively reported today.

Mr. Zimmerman is facing second degree murder and life in prison for shooting the unarmed teen.

"George is ready and willing to testify," a source close to the case told Radar. "George feels that the jury needs to hear from his own mouth what really happened leading up to the shooting.

"George maintains it was absolutely self-defense. Normally, criminal defense attorneys don't want to put their client on the stand, but in this case, Mark O'Mara [George's attorney] feels so strongly in the evidence, and in his innocence, he would be inclined to allow him to testify.

"The decision to put George on the stand won't come until the prosecution rests their case," the source added.

Martin's parents' attorney praised the judge's decision on Monday barring Zimmerman's lawyers from mentioning the teen's suspension from school, drug use, or past fighting during opening statements, Radar reports.

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