SANFORD, Fla. — An employee of the Florida state attorney’s office who testified that prosecutors withheld evidence from George Zimmerman’s defense team has been fired, a spokeswoman told The Los Angeles Times.
A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges Saturday night in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who was unarmed.
Ben Kruidbos testified before Zimmerman’s trial began five weeks ago that Martin’s cellphone contained images of the teen blowing smoke of marijuana and deleted text messages concerning a firearm, and that those images had not been given to the defense.
In a six-page dismissal letter dated July 11, the state attorney’s office, 4th Judicial Circuit, blasted Kruidbos’ assertions and motivations.
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He was the office’s information technology director.
Managing Director Cheryl Peek accused Kruidbos of having erased data from a laptop in violation of public-records law.