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George Zimmerman officially plead not guilty to second degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in a Florida court today, ABC News reports.

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Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lawyer, entered the plea in the absence of his client. O’Mara waived Zimmerman’s right to a speedy trial, saying that he needed more time to prepare his defense.

ABC News has more:

Zimmerman, 28, remains in hiding and free on bail, but his whereabouts are being monitored by authorities through a GPS ankle device. His living expenses are being covered by the $200,000 accrued over 22 days in March in April in his paypal account. O’Mara later closed that account and set up an independent account overseen by a third party.

Zimmerman, his attorney, and the lead prosecutors in the case are preparing for the discovery part of trial preparation. The disclosure by the prosecution of all relevant documents in this case could come as early as his week. Much of it will be redacted in order to protect the identity of witnesses.

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