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George Zimmerman waives right to speedy trial

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George Zimmerman, center, stands with a Seminole County deputy and his attorney Mark O'Mara during a court hearing …

George Zimmerman's attorney filed motions to waive his client's right to a speedy trial and to request more time to ready a defense, The Orlando Sentinel reports. Zimmerman would have been guaranteed a trial within six months if he hadn't waived that right. Now, it's unclear when the trial will begin.

Zimmerman, who is accused of second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, did not appear at his arraignment on Tuesday afternoon, where the judge set his next court date for August 8. Zimmerman has already entered a not guilty plea, and was released on bail two weeks ago. His defense team says he was acting in self defense when he shot Martin.

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