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School records at issue in Zimmerman murder trial

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Posted at 8:52 AM, Jul 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-03 05:32:54-04

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys in the George Zimmerman trial are arguing over whether to allow evidence about a college criminal justice course taken by the neighborhood watch volunteer.

The course included work regarding Florida's self-defense law.

The hearing is taking place outside the presence of jurors Wednesday morning.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara says the coursework is not relevant to the case and called the prosecution's effort to introduce it as "a witch hunt."

Prosecutors say the school records show that 29-year-old Zimmerman had knowledge of the law, though he maintained in an interview with Fox News last year that he didn't. Jurors heard that interview on Tuesday.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year. Martin was unarmed.