Appare3ntly you don't comprehend what a SYG hearing is.
It is not something a judge denies a defendant. I heard Zimmerthug claim he was waiving that right. What did you hear?
Yeah, the defense knew they did not have the elements necessary for self-defense and know a judge will see right through the BS in a SYG hearing, so they chose to go before a jury with the hopes of manipulating it to their advantage. Only if you don't have the facts, law, and issue on your side do you want to stay away from a judge deciding your fate.