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Zimmerman Case Has Ties to Florida State

By: Eyewitness News
By: Eyewitness News
Attorneys on both sides of the case that

Mark O'Mara, attorney for George Zimmerman, addresses reporters outside his offices in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Zimmerman, 28, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder Wednesday after weeks of mounting tensions and protests across the country. O'Mara said Zimmerman would plead not guilty. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Tallahassee, FL -- April 13, 2012 --

Attorneys on both sides of the case that's dominated national headlines have local ties.

They're both FSU Law School graduates.

George Zimmerman is now being represented by Mark O'Mara. He's a 1982 FSU law graduate.

Ben Crump, who graduated from FSU's law school in 1995 is representing Trayvon Martin's family.

Zimmerman says he shot unarmed Martin in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty.

The lack of an arrest for more than 40 days led to protests nationwide.


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