Posted 4:03 PM 10/19/2012 : Zimmerman returns to court
(NBC NEWS) - Once a neighborhood watch volunteer, now an accused killer, George Zimmerman has been in hiding since bonding out of a Florida jail.
He was back in court Friday as his controversial case moves forward.
Zimmerman is facing a murder trial for his shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman says it was self-defense.
Martin's parents and the state of Florida say it was murder.
In Friday's hearing the judge agreed to a defense team request for access to the teenager's school and cell phone records, along with social media postings of Martin and an unnamed witness he was talking with in the minutes before his death.
The state had argued the records and postings should not be a part of the case.
His parents say it's a ploy to turn the tables on their son.
"I feel Trayvon's school records aren't relevant," Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father said. "Our first priority shouldn't be to assassinate the character of the victims and make dead children seem as though they are the perpetrator."
The defense argued Martin was the person who prompted the attack.
"It is Mr. Zimmerman's strong contention that he was attacked by Travyon Martin had his nose broken or smashed, and had his head smashed on the ground several times as he cried out for help for 40 seconds," claimed defense attorney Mark O'Mara.
"I respectively disagree with his assessment of what the facts are," countered prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda.
The complete arguments are likely to come this spring during a stand-your-ground self defense hearing.
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