Attorneys in Trayvon Martin case address media

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: People along with New York City Council members attend a press conference to call for justice in the February 26 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on the steps of City Hall March 28, 2012 in New York City. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman while on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The attorneys in the Trayvon Martin shooting say social media gives people a way to stay engaged in high profile cases that was not possible years ago.

Speaking were Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin's parents, and George Zimmerman's defense attorney, Mark O'Mara. They were talking Saturday at the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Banquet in Orlando.

O'Mara says he would prefer to "do away with all media" in a criminal case, but "that's a fantasy that is 40 years ago." Crump says social media has given people who normally would not have a voice a way to be engaged in the case.

Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in February 2012 during a confrontation in Sanford, about 30 miles north of Orlando.

Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder trial in June. Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense.

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