Attorneys for George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, are still trying to build their case against Martin. In the last round of dead boy slander, the attorney’s say the teenager’s text messages show he was “hostile” and was involved in an argument with someone the day he died.
In a recent court filing Zimmerman’s attorneys wrote that the released texts are relevant because it shows Martin’s demeanor before he was shot dead, according to a CNN report.
The court file states the texts “may assist the jury in understanding why Trayvon Martin chose to hide then confront George Zimmerman rather than simply going home.”
Other text messages on Martin’s phone refer to marijuana use, guns and fights he had been involved in.
Lead defense attorney Mark O’Mara said he will try to use the evidence if prosecutors attempt to attack Zimmerman’s character during his trial on second-degree murder charges, set to begin next month.
Also Thursday, O’Mara filed a request that his client’s trial be delayed.
Much of the new evidence disclosed Thursday in filings by Zimmerman’s attorneys comes from Martin’s cell phone, including photos showing a semiautomatic pistol and ammunition and small marijuana plants growing in pots.
In another picture, Martin is pictured making obscene gestures in an apparent self-portrait. Others show him with friends and in other settings.
The attorney for Martin’s family, Benjamin Crump, said this type of evidence is “irrelevant,” and he predicted that they will not be used at Zimmerman’s trial.
“Is the defense trying to prove Trayvon deserved to be killed by George Zimmerman because (of) the way he looked?” Crump asked in a statement.
“If so, this stereotypical and closed-minded thinking is the same mindset that caused George Zimmerman to get out of his car and pursue Trayvon, an unarmed kid who he didn’t know. The pretrial release of these irrelevant red herrings is a desperate and pathetic attempt by the defense to pollute and sway the jury pool.”