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A Seminole County Judge threw out part of George Zimmerman’s defamation lawsuit against NBC Universal.

The suit alleges the network defamed Zimmerman when it edited and aired his 911 call to police the night Trayvon Martin was shot and killed.

The hearing began at 10 a.m. in the Sanford Civil Courthouse. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson presided over the hearing.

Zimmerman did not attend.

Judge Nelson dismissed a motion related to one of the four NBC broadcasts.

She deferred judgment on the other three broadcasts, saying she needed more time.

She said she will issue a written ruling in the coming weeks, after she returns from vacation.

The former neighborhood watch volunteer filed suit against NBC in 2012, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police after Martin's shooting to make it sound like he was racist.

The case had been postponed pending the conclusion of Zimmerman's murder trial last July.

Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin's death.

James Beasley represented Zimmerman. When asked how his client was doing, he responded, "terribly."

Attorneys for NBC argued Thursday that the case should be dismissed since Zimmerman failed to follow Florida's retraction statute, and he wasn't harmed by the reports.

Zimmerman's attorneys argued NBC's broadcasts were false and reckless.
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