June 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Part of George Zimmerman defamation lawsuit against NBC dismissed

Sanford, Fla. ó A Florida judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit against NBC Universal that claims the television network defamed George Zimmermanís reputation.

Thursdayís decision puts the entire lawsuit in jeopardy.

Seminole County Circuit Judge Debra Nelson ruled that Zimmermanís attorney waited too long under Florida statute to ask NBC to retract the information from the March 19, 2012, broadcast.

Lawyers claimed in a letter sent in December that year that NBC edited Zimmermanís 911 call to make it sound like the former neighborhood watch volunteer was a racist.

NBC apologized in April 2012 and fired a reporter and a producer.

Three other NBC broadcasts are still in question.

The case had been postponed pending the conclusion of Zimmermanís murder trial in July 2013. He was acquitted of second-degree murder in the death of Miami teenager Trayvon Martin.