O’Mara said their options are still very fluid right now, but the defense team is putting its energy into trial because of finite funds and the judge is holding firm to the June trial date.
He said he thinks a jury verdict might also be more calming to the intense fervor around this case.
“We decided to focus on the idea that George wants to have a jury of his peers decide his case. And it’s gonna be, I think, a more accepted result for everyone who has to accept the result — that he gets an acquittal at trial,” O’Mara said. “More so than an immunity hearing given by a judge.”
The defense did seem to get a boost Tuesday when the prosecution revealed that a teenage woman, known as Witness 8, told the prosecution she “misrepresented” herself when she said in a previous interview that she didn’t attend Martin’s funeral because she was in the hospital.
This is the same witness who said in a recorded interview with the attorney for Martin’s parents last March that she was on the phone with him when he encountered Zimmerman the night he was killed.
She claims Martin said during that conversation that someone was following him and that she also heard a brief exchange between him and someone before the phone was cut off. Martin was shot shortly afterwards.
O’Mara said he wanted to wait and take her deposition later this month before commenting on whether her credibility could be an issue at trial.
“The state did what it was supposed to do and let us know there was a problem with their witness. We now know it and have an opportunity to talk to her,” he said. “Credibility is always an issue with any witness. And if it rises to the level where it is evidentiary, then we’ll go from there. And if it doesn’t rise to that level, we deal with it.”