Published On: Tue, Jul 17th, 2012

George Zimmerman now facing child molestation allegations, prayed with Terry Jones

Defense attorney’s have yet another challenge in the ongoing George Zimmerman case: trying to keep a witness’s damaging story out of public view.

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Prosecutors on Monday released a recorded statement from George Zimmerman’s cousin, who said Zimmerman molested her for 10 years, beginning when she was 6 years old.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the words of “witness 9” were dramatic: Murder suspect George Zimmerman sexually abused me for years while we were children, she told prosecutors.

Lawyer Mark O’Mara also appeared to question why the prosecution released the woman’s accusation. In a statement released today, O’Mara said that he had sought to block the release last month arguing, “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.”

He also argued that the “irrelevant statement should be withheld from public dissemination” for fear that it would created “hostile publicity” that could “pose a serious threat to the administration of justice.”

Judge Kenneth Lester had rejected O’Mara’s motion, but the lawyer filed a new motion today to block release of the woman statement. The prosecution, however, released her claim, along with other evidence in the case which includes dozens of Zimmerman’s jailhouse phone calls.

Zimmerman, 28, killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black 17-year-old, in Sanford Feb. 26, in what has become one of the most-watched criminal cases in the country.

The investigation is reviewing more than 140 phone calls Zimmerman made while locked in the Seminole County Jail between April 11 and 23.

They reveal:

Zimmerman prayed with Gainesville pastor Terry Jones, the evangelist who burned a Koran, setting off bloody demonstrations in Afghanistan, and talked him out of holding a pro-Zimmerman rally in Sanford.

“I was calling today to ask you, humbly, from one God-fearing sinner to the other, for time for healing, for not only for the City of Sanford, but for America,” Zimmerman said. “I know your intentions are good … I just ask that you allow the city to heal and America to heal.”

He made 17 calls from jail during his first 24 hours there, 10 of them to his wife, Shellie. During one, he broke down and cried. “It’s, OK, Love. … We’re going to get out of this,” she said.

CBS News sent Zimmerman’s parents a bouquet of flowers. “Are you serious? They’ve got some nerve,” Zimmerman said.


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