Lawyer: Trayvon Martin's family plans civil suit against Zimmerman

By Jeff Allen, Seminole County Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2013, 11:59 AM EST

There are new indications that Trayvon Martin's family has plans to sue George Zimmerman in civil court following his trial for second-degree murder.

The latest developments come as attorneys prepare to head back to the Seminole County Courthouse on Friday, looking to nail down a date for Zimmerman's "Stand Your Ground" hearing.

Zimmerman's lawyers are expected to again push for Martin family attorney Ben Crump to testify in a deposition.

But now, an attorney representing Crump says allowing the defense to question Crump about the case violates his attorney-client privileges with the Martins, who hired him with plans to file a civil suit against Zimmerman.

Last week, defense attorneys tried to get the "Stand Your Ground" hearing delayed, but Judge Debra Nelson denied the motion.

That hearing, in which the judge will decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial, or if the case should be dismissed, must be held by April, Nelson ruled.

Zimmerman's trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin is scheduled to begin June 10, with jury selection.