On May 28, 2013, a judge ruled that photos of drugs and guns found on the cell phone of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, will not be admissible during George Zimmerman’s trial, according to ABC News.
Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Martin.
View slideshow: Photos of Slain Florida Teen Trayvon Martin
In Feb. 2012, Zimmerman, neighborhood watch volunteer, told police he had exited his truck to check the name of the street he was on when the teen took him by surprise and jumped him from behind. He claimed to have shot at Martin in self-defense.
View slideshow: New Photos Show Injuries to George Zimmerman After Confrontation With Slain Teen Trayvon Martin
According to reports, Martin – who was staying at his father’s girlfriend’s house in the area – had gone to a local convenience store to buy candy for his younger brother and was walking back to the home when Zimmerman, 28, spotted him.
View video: Surveillance Video of Trayvon Martin at 7-Eleven Just Prior to His Encounter with George Zimmerman.
Eight 911 calls regarding the shooting were released March 16, 2012, the first made by Zimmerman, who said the 17-year-old looked suspicious as he walked through the gated community. He told the dispatcher that Martin was running and was clearly instructed by the dispatcher not to follow the young man.
He did so anyway and fatally wounded Martin in the chest with one shot.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in connection with Martin’s death. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
According to ABC, Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara believes “marijuana use had somethong to do with the event.” He argues that Martin had a history of fighting and smoking pot, which supports Zimmerman’s claim he shot the teen in self-defense.
The court ruling comes only days after Zimmerman’s defense posted the contents of Martin’s phone online, which included photos of marijuana leaves, an image of what appears to be Martin smoking pot, and a .40-caliber hand gun, according to ABC.
In addition, text messages found on Martin’s phone that refer to fights and being kicked out of his mother’s home were also published by the defense on the Internet, reports ABC.
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