Florida judge removes herself from George Zimmerman trial

Reuters News

4/18/2012 3:13:46 PM - Reuters News

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida judge removed herself on Wednesday from presiding over the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, according to a court news release.

Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler's move was expected. Last week, Recksiedler disclosed a potential conflict of interest in that her husband's law partner previously had been contacted by Zimmerman seeking representation. Recksiedler asked Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, to file a motion quickly if he wanted her off the case, which he did on Monday.

Recksiedler announced her recusal in a three-page order.

(Reporting by Barbara Liston; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Sandra Maler)