After more than a year since the death of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, new evidence has emerged from the defense team including texts and photos from Martin’s cellphone that may be used in his alleged shooter George Zimmerman’s trial.
Authorities discovered messages of him fighting with a friend about trouble in school, smoking weed and being forced to move out of his mother’s crib along with photos of a gun and possibly a marijuana plant, the Tampa Tribune reports..
In April, the Martin family reportedly settled the civil suit with the homeowners association for more than $1 million in Sanford, where Martin was allegedly shot and killed by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer.
A hearing is being held next week to determine if the evidence will be included in the trial for Zimmerman next month. While prosecutors want the findings omitted, Zimmerman’s defense attorney wants to use them to demonstrate that Martin has fought before should they paint him as the victim.
“If they had suggested that Trayvon is nonviolent and that George is the aggressor, I think that makes evidence of the fighting he has been involved with in the past relevant,” said Mark O’Mara.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to charges on second-degree murder, claiming self-defense.
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