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Trayvon Martin’s Text Messages, School Records & More Banned From George Zimmerman Trial

 

With just a few weeks before his second degree murder trail is set to begin, George Zimmerman’s defense team has hit another barrier. Earlier today (May 28) a judge barred the admission of Trayvon Martin’s text messages, social media posts, and other records during the trial.

Zimmerman’s team wanted to use the evidence to paint Martin as more of an aggressor than a victim. In looking into his previous school suspension records, alleged Mary Jane smoking, and other damaging actions, the defense hoped to prove that the accused killer shot Martin, 17, out of self defense.

“There’s is certainly enough evidence….that’s going to suggest Trayvon Martin involved himself longingly with fighting with other people,” Zimmerman’s lead attorney Mike O’Mara said.

Although the ruling is a blow, it may not be permanent.

From NBC News:

Judge Debra Nelson said that during the trial she will consider motions to admit details as evidence on a case-by-case basis, outside the presence of jurors who will decide if Zimmerman is guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Martin.

Capping a slew of rulings on pre-trial motions, Nelson rejected a defense request for a trial delay and ruled that jury selection will begin June 10.

“This case has dragged on long enough,” prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said in arguing for the trial to start as scheduled.

Over the course of two hours, Nelson granted numerous motions by prosecutors, who argued that details of the slain teen’s past are not be relevant to the Feb. 26, 2012, confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin and should not be discussed before the jury.

This isn’t the first time that Martin’s personal life has seeped into the media, as well as Zimmerman’s. Since the February 2012 incident, both have had unknown public records dragged into the spotlight, but it is unclear if any of the evidence will sway jurors in either direction.

Zimmerman’s trial begins June 10.

Photo: REUTERS/Joe Burbank

Comment Comments: 16 Tags Tags: florida, trayvon martin, george zimmerman, mike o'mara
  • Michelle Thornton

    Ha,Ha have several seats george, in a jail cell!!

    • Joshua Deeds

      NOT GUILTY

  • JustSaying_IMFO

    The kid was being stalked on his way home. If he became an aggressor, he was just standing his ground. His school records and whatnot are irrelevant.

    • DroneAlone

      His messages and actions show he was exactly the kind of person a neighborhood watch organization should keep an eye on. If he attacked Zimmerman, and I have no reason to believe he didn’t, he hastened his eventual end. Happily This occurred before the punk killed someone else.

      • JustSaying_IMFO

        Even if that were the case, Zimmerman had no access to texts and school records at the time and no basis for stalking him. Moreover, Zimmerman is not a cop and had no right to “keep an eye” on any one.

      • javaris jones

        Puhleeze… like to see what you’d think of me if Ipounded your head on the ground. That’s why he got shot.

      • JustSaying_IMFO

        Puhleeze… I wouldn’t be stupid enough to put myself in that situation to begin with. I would have listened to the 911 operator and let the trained professionals handle it in the first place.

        If you thinks someone is a criminal, you call the police. You don’t follow them. Especially one who hasn’t actually committed any crime. No crime other than being black, that is.

      • javaris jones

        When seconds matter, police are just minutes away. You do seem rather stupid if you don’t know how many people carry legally, and why they carry. Followed, by one simply told by police “don’t need to…” doesnt negate that making an attack entails risks.

      • JustSaying_IMFO

        “You do seem rather stupid…”
        ————
        You can’t make a point without personally attacking the other person? You must not feel it’s a very valid one then.

        People carry legally to protect themselves. Zimmerman was in not danger until he got be at down by a kid who felt threatened by him. You’re right. Seconds matter when you’re doing nothing wrong and being followed by some strange man.

      • JustSaying_IMFO

        “You do seem rather stupid…”
        ————
        You can’t make a point without personally attacking the other person? You must not feel it’s a very valid one then.

        Maybe we can continue this conversation when you’ve gained some confidence in what you’re saying.

      • JustSaying_IMFO

        “You do seem rather stupid…”
        ————
        You can’t make a point without personally attacking the other person? You must not feel it’s a very valid one then.

      • http://twitter.com/charles116 Charles Almon

        Zimmy put HIMSELF in that situation
        then panicked.
        Get a life.

      • http://twitter.com/charles116 Charles Almon

        Hon. George WAS NOT a neighborhood watch member.
        He was a vigilante.

  • KarmasABeyotch

    Amazing. If a person commits a murder and goes on trial for it, they can’t introduce other crimes they were charged with or convicted of because it could sway the jury. So how in the fawk does his txt msgs and attendance have to do with him being a victim??? This is cray.

  • javaris jones

    Y’all need to think about life. And the gangster life is the way towards death. You jump a man, you be aggressive, that’s not standing your ground. You get jumped, and beaten by a man, that’s what Trayvon believed he was, and you’ve got to fight back. Unarmed? Pounding a mans head on the ground is deadly force. Meets like force, now the boys dead. He loved the gangster life.

    • http://twitter.com/charles116 Charles Almon

      What gangsta life?
      You are such a silly person