Even though George Zimmerman’s defense team wants Judge Kenneth Lester to step aside, it still didn’t stop him from releasing 145 additional phone calls Zimmerman made from the Seminole County jail to the public, as well as the statement of a witness who says he doesn't like black people.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, "Witness 9" said in one of her two statements that, "I know George, and I know that he does not like black people," she said, speaking to a Sanford police investigator-
"He would start something. He's a very confrontational person. It's in his blood. Let's just say that."
She went on to describe Zimmerman and his family as-
"just mean and open about it, and I don't know what he's capable of, but I do know things that he's done to me that I would never, I would never talk to him about ever again."
O'Mara wrote in a motion that the not-yet-released second statement "is not relevant" to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, and would "serve to reignite and potentially enhance the widespread public hostility toward Mr. Zimmerman."
However, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester wrote in an order filed Friday that public record law requires the release of evidence.
O'Mara also asked the judge to seal 145 of 151 jail phone calls made by Zimmerman but the judge declined that request instead opting to release the phone calls.
It was not immediately clear when the statement and calls would be released. The order comes as Zimmerman has requested a new judge in the case.