SANFORD, Fla. (NBC) - The trial of accused murderer George Zimmerman will start on June 10th.
Defense attorneys had asked Judge Debra Nelson for delay so that further voice recognition analysis could be performed on 911 calls placed on the evening that Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Nelson also ruled that Martin's suspension from school, marijuana use and text messages from his phone could not be included in the defense's opening statements. Instead, she will rule on their admission on a case-by-case basis once the trial is underway.
Zimmerman claims he shot the unarmed 17-year-old in self defense and has pleaded not guilty.
Zimmerman has sued NBCUniversal for defamation in civil court, and the company has strongly denied his allegations.
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