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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -

Prosecutors have asked a judge to impose a gag order in the case of a former neighborhood watch leader accused of fatally shooting Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda argued his motion Friday.  He said he believes George Zimmerman's defense attorney, Mark O'Mara, has been using a website, social media and news conferences to influence potential jurors.
 
O'Mara launched a website, as well as Twitter and Facebook accounts in April, citing a need to diffuse fraudulent Internet entities that claimed to come from Zimmerman. O'Mara contends he doesn't discuss any specific evidence and has been compliant with all bar rules.

O'Mara told Judge Debra Nelson that the FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have not handed over all the evidence in the case.  Judge Nelson made it clear that O'Mara was allowed to examine all of FDLE's evidence.  She also asked the state to request items from the FBI and DOJ for the defense.

"Mr. De la Rionda will ask them, 'Do you have this information?' and if they do, they will provide it and pass it on to you. That's the best that I can do," said Judge Nelson.

Zimmerman was present at Friday's hearing and walked into the Seminole County Courthouse without commenting to media. 

Judge Nelson is expected to rule on the gag order on Monday. 

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the February shooting and has pleaded not guilty.  His trial is scheduled for June 10, 2013.

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