New documents in the Trayvon Martin case released by the Florida State Attorney’s Office on Monday morning included testimony from a witness that claims George Zimmerman molested her from the age of 6 on through her teenaged years. The witness known only as "Witness #9" made it clear she wanted to remain anonymous and she was able to until Monday afternoon when Zimmerman’s lawyers outed her.
The court redacted any identifying information from the records released on Monday but lawyers outed "Witness #9" as Zimmerman’s cousin.
Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, released the following statement on Gzlegalcase.com in which he outs "Witness #9." His statement published in it’s entirety:
Today the State released Witness #9’s Statements along with Mr. Zimmerman’s phone calls from jail in response to the Court’s July 13 order.
In her statements, Witness #9, who is George Zimmerman’s cousin, alleges that Mr. Zimmerman inappropriately touched her beginning when she was 6 and Mr. Zimmerman was almost 8, and that it continued on occasion until she was 16 and Mr. Zimmerman was 17.
The defense moved to block the public release of Witness #9’s statement in a motion filed on June 18, 2012 contending "The content of this statement is not relevant to the issues of this case, and it would not be admissible in the State’s case in chief." The motion further contends that this irrelevant statement should be withheld from public dissemination because of the substantial risk that public disclosure will lead to widespread hostile publicity which would substantially impair the Defendant’s fair trial rights, and would pose a serious threat to the administration of justice.
That request was denied on July 13, 2012 by Judge Lester. Because there is a Motion for Disqualification pending, this morning, we asked the prosecution not to release Witness #9’s statement until there was a ruling on the Motion for Disqualification. This is an appropriate request as, should the motion for disqualification be granted, reconsideration of recent rulings by the judge is appropriate. However, the prosecution elected to make the public disclosure anyway.
Now that this statement is part of the public record, the defense will vigorously defend Mr. Zimmerman against the allegations. In the next several weeks, there will be reciprocal discovery filed regarding Witness #9’s statement.