Lawyers for George Zimmerman are scheduled to appear in court Friday (Oct. 19), in hopes of seeking access to Trayvon Martin's social media accounts, and school records.
The purpose of viewing the teen's personal information is unclear, but may be used to paint him as more of an aggressor than a victim.
Martin's parents however, want the spotlight shifted off of their slain son and onto his accused killer, and are looking to make access to Zimmerman's medical records admissible to the court. The 29-year-old admitted to suffering from attention deficit disorder, was taking several medications leading up to the teen's death, and was under the influence of the insomnia medicine Temazepam (also known as Restoril) during the fatal encounter.
“We know that Zimmerman was taking at least three drugs, including Adderall and Restoril,” said Martin family lawyer, Benjamim Crump. “We know they can cause aggression, hostility and hallucinations. We don't know what psychiatric illness he had, which is crucial in understanding his state of mind that night.”
One day after the February shooting of Martin, Zimmerman visited a clinic, where a physician's assistant noted which drugs he was prescribed.
Judge Debra S. Nelson will listen to arguments from both sides, before making a final decision.
Earlier in the week Nelson set a court date of June 10, 2013 for Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial, while a status hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10.
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