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Trayvon Martin trial judge steps down

The Trayvon Martin trial will be heard by Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr., instead of Judge Jessica Recksiedler as originally planned.

Judge Recksiedler removed herself from the Trayvon Martin case claiming there might be a conflict of interest for her if she remained the judge in the controversial trial.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Judge Recksiedler "recused herself today after Zimmerman's attorney asked her to step aside because of a possible conflict of interest: Her husband is the law partner of Mark NeJame, who's been hired to comment on the case for CNN."

Zimmerman is being charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012.

The killing has attracted a great deal of media attention and protests with some claiming the shooting was racially motivated because Trayvon Martin was black.