Expert: Zimmerman was in Worse Shape than Martin

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  • SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge ruled Wednesday that Trayvon Martin‘s cellphone text messages about fighting and a defense animation depicting the struggle between Martin and George Zimmerman won’t be introduced as evidence at Zimmerman’s trial.

    Judge Debra Nelson made her ruling a day after she heard arguments on the matter. Prosecutors had claimed the texts were irrelevant and taken out of context. They also objected to the computer animation, questioning its accuracy and saying it would mislead jurors.

    “This is a murder trial. This isn’t ‘Casablanca.’ This isn’t ‘Iron Man,’” prosecutor Richard Mantei said.

    The judge seemed concerned about the animation’s accuracy during arguments. While the animation can’t be introduced as evidence that can be reviewed by jurors during their deliberations, defense attorneys may be able to use it during closing arguments, she ruled.

    “To have an animation go back into jury room that they can play over and over again gives a certain weight to something that this court isn’t exactly certain comports with the evidence presented at trial,” Nelson said Wednesday night.

    The judge agreed with prosecutors’ concerns about introducing the 17-year-old’s text messages. But defense attorney Don West had argued the texts were relevant since they showed Martin’s interest in fighting and physical capabilities.

    Defense attorneys on Wednesday called one of their last witnesses as they started winding down their case. Public safety consultant Dennis Root testified that Martin was in better physical shape than Zimmerman, and that the neighborhood watch volunteer wasn’t any athlete.

    “He would find himself lacking when compared to Mr. Martin,” Root said of Zimmerman.

    Martin was unarmed and returning from a store when he was fatally shot by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, during a struggle on a dark, rainy night in February 2012. Martin was black and Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic. Some civil rights activists argued that the initial delay in charging Zimmerman was influenced by Martin’s race. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and says he shot Martin in self-defense.

    Jurors spent a significant part of Tuesday listening to a defense expert on gunshot wounds testify that the trajectory of the bullet and gunpowder on Martin’s body support Zimmerman’s account that the teenager was on top of the defendant when he shot and killed Martin.

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    5 thoughts on “Expert: Zimmerman was in Worse Shape than Martin

    1. I hate to see GZ get off. He needs 1st degree murder.
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      Tami – take it from a mother of 7. Don’t teach your children that to get some ass they will have to bring some. Teach them to avoid confrontation and to only resort to violence as a last resort. Too many of our children are getting hurt and imprisoned due to quick violent reactions. I don’t live in the best of areas. but I feel I did a good job with mine and they are all alive and doing well. I know other moms that live near me who have not been as lucky.

      • I teach my children not to fight, to ignore, to walk away, etc., but I also, let them know that if they hit someone, they should expect for that person to hit them back. That’s what I mean about the previous statement. Zimmerman, went looking for trouble after being told to stay in his vehicle, but people are surprised that Trayvon might have been on top of him at some point, that Zimmerman, might have received injuries.

    2. Zimmerman is still alive and Travon is DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So who got it the worst!!!!!!!!!!! The DEAD Child

    3. They act like this kid was trained in martial arts and had a black belt. George’s mama should have taught him that to get some ass he was going to have to bring some. It’s just unfortunate this child had to die in the process.

    4. all I and most people won’t is justice.but if they find him innocent of all charges w/h nothing against him,this’s not pretty in florida,boy oh boy///////////////////////////////

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