George Zimmerman's trial is officially scheduled to begin next June


George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman charged with the murder of teenager Trayvon Martin, will go on trial on 10 June, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

The trial date was set by judge Debra Nelson in a Florida court, but the court noted that there are still several unresolved matters to complete. As such the start of the trial may be pushed back further.

June is a long way off but, regardless of which side you’re on, those following this case will undoubtedly welcome news of any progress whatsoever. Zimmerman is still expected to plea not guilty, and to cite Florida’s controversial “stand-your-ground” law in his defense.