Judge dismisses Zimmerman's defamation suit against NBC

George Zimmerman, the acquitted shooter in the death of Trayvon Martin, faces a Seminole circuit judge during a first-appearance hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend November 19, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. (Pool, Getty Images)
George Zimmerman, the acquitted shooter in the death of Trayvon Martin, faces a Seminole circuit judge during a first-appearance hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend November 19, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. (Pool, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/30 2:15 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has dismissed the defamation lawsuit filed by George Zimmerman against broadcaster NBC.

Judge Debra Nelson said in an order, made public Monday, that Zimmerman had failed to prove that the news network acted with malice. She said the malice standard is appropriate because Zimmerman was a public figure.

Zimmerman went on trial for murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012 near Orlando. Zimmerman said he acted in self-defense and was acquitted in July 2013.

Zimmerman said NBC's editing of a story on the shooting made it sound as if he voluntarily told a police operator that Martin was black, when he was actually responding to a dispatcher's question about the Miami teen's race. 

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