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Fla. Judge to Decide If Zimmerman Can Leave Jail

The neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering Trayvon Martin is asking a Florida judge to let him out of jail while he awaits trial.

An attorney for George Zimmerman is asking the Seminole County judge to let Zimmerman post bail at a hearing Friday.

Legal experts say Zimmerman stands a good chance of being granted bail since he has proven he's not a flight risk. He turned himself in to authorities last week after he was charged with second-degree murder.

Zimmerman has admitted to fatally shooting the 17-year-old unarmed teen during a confrontation last February in a gated community in Sanford, about 15 miles northeast of Orlando. But Zimmerman says he shot out of self-defense.

The 44-day delay in Zimmerman's arrest spurred protests nationwide.

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