Prosecutors in the George Zimmerman case say that defense attorney Mark O’Mara is wrong and that infamous “Witness 9,” who said that Zimmerman is a racist, may testify at trial.
The witness, identified as “Witness 9,” is one of Zimmerman’s family members and in prosecution documents she contests that Zimmerman doesn’t like black people.
According to the Orlando Sentinel:
In paperwork released Monday, Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda did not spell out what witness 9 told authorities, but he described it as information about his “bias against black persons,” including an unspecified “act.”
The witness is the same woman who filed a domestic violence injunction against Zimmerman in 2005. He filed one against her the following day.
Neither was arrested. Both injunctions were granted.
She told police that Zimmerman is a racist according to court records.
In her first statement, Witness 9 says that she knows Zimmerman, as well as his family:
“I know George, and I know that he does not like black people…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.”
Last month in a motion filed by O’Mara it stated that the not-yet-released second statement “is not relevant” to the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and “would not be admissible” at trial.
O’Mara went on to argue that the release of Witness 9’s statement would:
“Serve to reignite and potentially enhance the widespread public hostility toward Mr. Zimmerman.”
It looks as though Witness 9 may have damaging statements against Zimmerman, which is why O’Mara wants the statement to remain sealed and for her not to testify.
Zimmerman remains held without bail at the Seminole County Jail on a second-degree murder charge. Circuit Judge Kenneth J. Lester is expected to rule this week on whether Zimmerman will be granted bail, and what amount.
SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel