February 5 will be a bitter–sweet day for the parents of Trayvon Martin. The day is scheduled for accused killer George Zimmerman's next court hearing, but it also marks what would've been the teen's 18th birthday.
The original hearing was set for tomorrow, but Judge Debra Nelson saw it unnecessary, causing a reschedule. According to his legal website, the Zimmerman defense team also waived the hearing agreeing with the state that “there are currently no matters that can be appropriately address by the court on that.”
Since his release on $1 million bond, Zimmerman remains under GPS monitoring, and is facing financial trouble. The 29-year-old reached out for more public assistance to cover what are likely massive attorney fees, and is the focus of more legal action for not paying his bills.
As previously reported, security company Associated Investigative Services is suing Zimmerman for just over $27,000. According to AIS, the former neighborhood watch captain never took care of his invoice for the protection they provided him. Zimmerman's lawyer accused AIS of hiking up their prices. “We trusted them to be efficient with their work and they weren't,” the lawyer said.
Zimmerman claims to have shot 17-year-old Martin in an act of self-defense. His trial is due to begin in June.