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George Zimmerman won’t seek immunity hearing

SANFORD, Florida — The former neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting a Florida teenager told a judge Tuesday that he agrees with his defense attorneys’ decision not to seek an immunity hearing under the state’s ‘‘Stand Your Ground’’ self-defense law.

Under questioning from Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, George Zimmerman repeatedly said ‘‘yes’’ to questions asking if he was aware he was giving up the right to a hearing before his second-degree murder trial in June. A judge would have sole discretion in an immunity hearing to decide if Zimmerman is exempt from culpability in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. A jury would make the determination in the murder trial.

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