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SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

An attorney for Trayvon Martin's family says the parents of the Miami teen don't want race to be injected into the trial of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting their son.
 
Attorney Daryl Parks said Thursday it's wrong for anybody to insert race into the trial.

"America doesn't like to talk about race.  It's not a comfortable conversation for anyone," he said.  "When you try to inject race into a case like this here, that means you're trying to push somebody who's trying to make a decision one way or the other."

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He spoke after Thursday's court session ended on a day in which race surfaced in the testimony of a 19-year-old woman who was talking to Martin on the phone moments before the teen encountered neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Race has permeated nationwide discussions of the case since the February 2012 shooting, which prompted nationwide protests and claims from critics that police took too long to arrest Zimmerman.

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Parks was questioned by members of the media about rallies held last year in Sanford, Fla. by Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.  He was asked why issues of race were so prevalent then, when a year later, he appears to be downplaying the racial dynamics in the case.

Parks said that emotions were high following the shooting of Trayvon Martin, and thousands had come to protest why no action had been taken almost one full month after the teen was fatally shot.

"When you're having a rally, you've got people who are infumed about what has happened, right?  And you weren't getting any action."    

He added that it wasn't until the rally in late March that Florida Gov. Rick Scott removed the Seminole state attorney and appointed a special prosecutor in the case. 

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Zimmerman had called police dozens of times in the year before his encounter with Martin.  He has been accused of uttering a racial slur in one of those calls, which he has denied. 

Rachel Jeantel, who last spoke with Trayvon before his death, said he told her he was being followed by a "creepy ass cracker," referring to Zimmerman.  And on the night of the shooting, Zimmerman reported Martin as a suspicious person to a police operator, which has led to accusations that Zimmerman was racially profiling Martin.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. He is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.
 

 

 

FOX 35's Stuart Campbell contributed to this report with some information taken from wire sources.

 

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