ORLANDO, Fla. -- On the events of Feb. 26, the state and defense in the case against George Zimmerman are far apart: Zimmerman's lawyers say he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense, prosecutors say it was murder.
But the two sides are in lock step on one issue: Some evidence in the case, the lawyers argue, must not be released to the public.
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara on Thursday filed a seven-page document asking Judge Kenneth Lester for a 30-day period to review evidence in the case before it is made public.
O'Mara argued that some evidence the state has collected may be inadmissible and could inflame tensions in the racially charged controversy and jeopardize Zimmerman's right to a fair trial.
The prosecution has a filed a motion asking the judge to seal Zimmerman's statements to law enforcement, crime-scene and autopsy photos and other records until trial. Lester will hear that motion June 1.
Zimmerman admits to shooting the teen but says he did so in self-defense as he was being pummeled on the ground.
He has made at least five statements to law enforcement. The records the state is asking to have sealed were left out of evidence released to the public last week.
Statute allows information "revealing the substance of a confession" to be withheld. Bernie de la Rionda, the lead prosecutor, argues in the motion that because Zimmerman's statements "could be used against him at trial," the records should not be public.
According to de la Rionda, those statements "are contradictory, and are inconsistent with the physical evidence and statements of witnesses."
The prosecutor also asked the state to seal the cellphone records of Zimmerman, Martin and a South Florida girl who says she was on the phone with Martin in the moments before his death in Sanford, Fla.
Both sides have also asked the judge to withhold the names and addresses of witnesses in the case.
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