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Witness claims George Zimmerman molested her as a child

A potential witness in the case against George Zimmerman has testified that the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Florida teen Trayvon Martin molested her when they were both children.

The unidentified woman told the Duval County State Attorney’s office that Zimmerman began abusing her when she was 6 and continued until she was 16, reports. Zimmerman is older than the woman by a little more than a year. The woman also told police that Zimmerman and his family do not like African-Americans.

Phone calls Zimmerman made from the Seminole County Jail were also released.  A total of 140 calls made in April of this year were included in the evidence made public.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense. Defense attorney Mark O’Mara filed a motion on Friday asking that Circuit Judge Lester be disqualified from the case, claiming that the judge’s comments in a bond order led him to believe Lester is prejudiced against Zimmerman.

It remains to be seen whether the potentially damning testimony will be admitted in court at Zimmerman's trial, which is expected to begin late this year. Prosecutors would seek to admit it as evidence of Zimmerman's allegedly violent history, while defense attorneys would seek to keep it out of evidence.

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