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February 19. 2013 4:02PM
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- George Zimmerman's defense team plans to interview several of the still-unnamed civilian witnesses in his second-degree murder case later this week, according to new court documents.


On Thursday, Zimmerman's attorneys will depose five numbered witnesses listed by prosecutors -- witnesses 3, 12, 13, 19 and 21. Two more -- witnesses 1 and 2 -- will be deposed on Friday.


A Sanford, Fla., police captain and a private investigator also are listed on the new deposition schedules.


Dozens of the civilian witnesses in the case are listed only by number in publicly available documents in the high-profile case in order to protect their privacy and Zimmerman's fair-trial rights.


Many are neighbors of Zimmerman's who saw or heard something on Feb. 26, the night he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Some have given conflicting accounts in various law enforcement interviews.


That includes Witness 2, a young woman who lives in the Retreat at Twin Lakes community, who was interviewed twice by Sanford police and once by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.


In her first interview with police, she said she saw two guys running before the shooting. In a later interview, she said she saw only one running figure, and heard the person more than saw him.


Witness 12 is also a neighbor in the townhome community, who told the Florida Department of Law Enforcement she saw two people on the ground immediately after the shooting and was not sure who was on top.


Six days later, however, she was sure: It was Zimmerman on top, she told prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda. She based that opinion on television reports showing the sizes of the combatants.


Witness 13, another neighbor, talked with Zimmerman immediately after the shooting. Zimmerman told him that Trayvon was beating up on me, so I had to shoot him, the witness told police.


In two subsequent interviews about a month later -- one with an investigator with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and one with de la Rionda -- the witness described Zimmerman's demeanor in greater and more critical detail.


Zimmerman's tone, Witness 13 said in one of the later interviews, was not like ‘I can't believe I just shot someone!' -- it was more like, ‘Just tell my wife I shot somebody ...,' like it was nothing.


Zimmerman's defense has already deposed some Sanford police and fire personnel as trial preparation continues. Another Sanford officer, Capt. Bob O'Connor, is also on Friday's deposition list.


Also set to be deposed Friday is John Wright, a Sanford private investigator who told the Orlando Sentinel he was hired by the Martin family, but declined to elaborate.


The case is set for trial in June. Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of the unarmed Miami Gardens teen, which sparked international outrage.




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