Trayvon Martin Case: Defense Releases Texts and Photos on Trayvon's Phone
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

trayvon martin smilingGeorge Zimmerman’s defense attorneys want the jury to see texts and photos from 17- year-old Trayvon Martin’s cellphone, and an upcoming hearing will determine if they can show the information in court.

The information includes texts with a friend about fighting and smoking marijuana and photos that show a gun and what appears to be a potted marijuana plant. Some photos also show Martin blowing smoke and extending his middle finger to the camera.

Zimmerman, who is charged with fatally shooting Martin last year during a confrontation at a gated community in Sanford, is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense. The long-awaited trial starts next month.

Prosecutors have filed a motion asking Circuit Judge Debra Nelson to prevent the photos, texts and other personal information from being used at the trial. The hearing is set for next Tuesday.

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Makkada B. Selah is a journalist based in New York City.