George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Miami teenager Trayvon Martin in February, was arraigned Tuesday inside a Seminole County courtroom.
Zimmerman entered a written “not guilty” plea last month, and was not in the courtroom. He faces second degree murder charges in the Feb. 26th shooting.
According to NBC News’ James Novogrod, Judge Kenneth Lester accepted Zimmerman’s plea and set a date for a “docket sounding” on August 8th. At that hearing, a trial date will be set, unless Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, further delays the trial by requesting a continuance.
O’Mara waived Zimmerman’s right to a speedy trial earlier Tuesday, which means the 175-day period required by Florida law for a defendant to be tried following an arrest no longer applies.
Neither O’Mara nor Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda were in court for Tuesday’s hearing.