In the case against George Zimmerman, Judge Kenneth Lester rules to shine the light on never-before-seen evidence.
It’s evidence that the defense and prosecution fought to have protected from the public eyes.
Some of the most impactful information includes Zimmerman’s statements to police, jailhouse phone calls and names of some witnesses.
“He determined they aren’t confessions. What they are statements of Mr. Zimmerman and they do not admit that he committed a crime. He did admit he shot Mr. Martin and that he is responsible for the death so those will be released,” said David Fussell, a legal analyst.
If the evidence contained a confession, that would be protected under a current statute.
Judge Lester also ruled on the names and addresses of witnesses.
“What he came up with is witnesses that previously disclosed themselves, appeared on TV, talked to radio outlets, those people’s names will be released and there addresses will be released,” said Fussell.
However, the names of those witnesses who have remained anonymous will not be released.
In a written ruling, Lester said identifying the witnesses would pose a "serious and imminent threat to the administration of justice."
Another major part of the judge’s order deals some of the more gruesome evidence in the case.
“The autopsy photos and crime scene photos, which actually display Trayvon Martin, there is an exemption for those and the judge said those will not be released,” said Fussell.
Lester ruled the state must release the non-redacted information within 15 days.
Along with the order from the judge in the case, George and his wife Shellie will now have court dates a month apart in the same courthouse.
She was arrested Tuesday for perjury, and bonded out less than an hour later. Her arraignment is set for July 31.
Meanwhile, George will appear in front of Judge Lester on June 29 for another bond hearing.
Wife's arrest could hurt Zimmerman's case
The arrest of Shellie Zimmerman could affect her husband's defense against second-degree murder charges for the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Prosecutors said Mrs. Zimmerman lied in court during her husband's bond hearing about how much money the couple had, which turned out to be much more than she originally claimed.
There was no immediate word if George, himself, may also be charged with perjury.
So how can Shellie Zimmerman's arrest hurt George's case?
First, credibility remains a factor for the Zimmermans, especially if his attorney will claim self-defense. George told Sanford police Martin attacked him first the night he shot and killed the teen.
The motion to dismiss the charges based on self-defense or Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law would be decided by Judge Lester, but credibility is important for witnesses as well, and the wife of the accused would no doubt be an important one.
Legal analyst Joy Ragan, an Orlando defense attorney, said she thinks the prosecution will use Shellie Zimmerman's arrest to their favor.
"I think what the prosecution will do will offer a short amount of jail time, but insist that she is a convicted felon so that her credibility will be tarnished later. So she won't become a defense witness," said Ragan.
This case against George Zimmerman still has a long way to go before it reaches trial. The rest of the state's evidence still needs to be released.