Trayvon Martin Texts, Photos Released By George Zimmerman Defense; Controversy Resumes

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Trayvon Martin photos and texts were released by the defense team of George Zimmerman, painting the deceased in a less-than-flattering light.

With that, controversy surrounding the high-profile case has resumed.

Trayvon Martin Photos

Data released from Martin's phone includes texts with a friend regarding fighting, smoking pot and being forced to move out of his mother's house.

Martin, who was killed last year at age 17, spoke of trouble at school. His phone contained photos of a gun and what looks to be a marijuana plant.

A hearing next week will decide if the data can be used at the trial of George Zimmerman, who is charged with fatally shooting the unarmed teen.

Prosecutors want the evidence omitted. Zimmerman, who claims he acted in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty to murder, wants it admitted.

His defense attorney, Mark O'Mara, said:

"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."

O'Mara has long maintained that Martin attacked Zimmerman first.

The Trayvon Martin photos released by Zimmerman's defense team also show Martin blowing smoke and extending his middle finger to the camera.

In the text messages, Martin tells a friend that his mother has told him he needs to move in with his father since he was caught skipping school.

He also texts with a friend about smoking "weed." In another section, he describes being in a fight where his opponent got more hits than he did.

  • Trayvon Martin Cellphone Pic
  • Seventeen-Year-Old Trayvon Martin
  • Trayvon Martin, 17

Prosecutors have filed a motion asking Circuit Judge Debra Nelson to prevent the photos, texts and other personal info from being used at the trial.

Attorneys for Martin's parents said in a statement that the photos and texts were irrelevant to the Zimmerman murder trial and could pollute the jury pool.

"Is the defense trying to prove Trayvon deserved to be killed by George Zimmerman because (of) the way he looked?" they said in a statement.

"If so, this stereotypical and closed-minded thinking is the same mindset that caused [Zimmerman to pursue] Trayvon, an unarmed kid he didn't know."

The hearing is set for next Tuesday when the judge also will consider the motion to delay the trial so the defense can interview a speech expert.

That witness' account of Trayvon Martin's shouts in 911 calls - and whether they indicate he or Zimmerman is the assailant - are sure to be scrutinized.

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Martin was heading for a gansta death. Most likely he would take out a few before is time would come. Just didn't work out that way, this time.

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@ MontanaTrace

You are a heartless jackass.

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He know that little boy could have been the next OB...i believe zimmerman was hungry for blood that night.

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@ Youdaco+

My comment was for Montana trace. NOT FOR YOUDACO+
Sorry for that. And at YOUDACO+ YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY
RIGHT. MONTANA IS IGNORANT BASTARD.

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@ Youdaco+

You are ignorant. Plain and simple. You can not tell me that you or someone you know have not as a teenager or an adult smoked weed and now all of a sudden he will grow up a gangsta and has you put it will take out a few. Look at the EX~ president Georgie Bush and his daughters drinking and smoking pot and who knows what else he did while in high school and college. Did he turn out to be a gangsters? No but instead became president and allowed Bin Laden and his posse to blow up the towers and no one could fly out that day but bin laden and his posse. Oh I can go on and on but I think you got the picture. Ignorant

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Yes, zimmerman did it...kill that poor child for no reason.

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@ Youdaco+

You are Right.

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@ Youdaco+

He killed for a good reason, that's why God let it happen?

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@ Steve

@Donellen so... You are the most innocent person in the world. WOW YOU CLEARLY HAVE SOME LOOSE MARBLES IN THAT LITTLE HEAD OF YOURS.

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@ Youdaco+

This kid was NO kid anymore and clearly NOT SO INNOCENT!!

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@ Donellen99

You have no soul what so ever.

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Trayvoon was a thug...he wasn't goin down 2 da store to gim himselp sum skittles and you know it.The media is so desirous to stir up racial problems in this country that MSNBC doctored the friggin tapes to make Zimmerman look like a racist.If white america went balistic and started targeting blacks every time a white female is raped and or murdered by some black-thug-perp (happens ALOT and to the tune of zero media coverage cause if the american public at large knew...there would be hell to pay) Whatever doesn't fit the liberal-media-narrative is pushed aside a reporter and editor for NY times have even admitted such...yet some black punk gets killed by a hispanic and whites get blamed for it and the media has even called Zimmerman white which he is NOT...

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@ Ummm

He really did go & buy the skittles, but that's not proof of innocense of Martin, or guilt of Zimmerman!

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@ Ummm

@ummm he is mixed racist white and hispanic.

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@ Ummm

It's pretty clear that you have zero compassion for a life. Never mind the fact that he had a past...HE WAS SOMEBODYS CHILD and that child lost his life you fucking ,Godless son of bitch!"

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@ Kimberly2nd2none

Yes, trayvon was someones child & tragically is dead! However what is being discussed is whether racial profiling was involved, what the media is trying 2 portray. & the fact that he did in the past have a gun in his possession, use drugs(& HAD "WEED" in his system@time of his death), skipped school(which I did 2), had @ least 1 fight that he bragged about "getting the most hits in", & was being sent away by his mom 2 live w/ dad(that tells me@ the time he was NOT DOING the "right things" in life), &NO that dsnt mean he deserved 2 die! However, it does show that Zimmerman was correct in being suspicious of the stranger walking around the neighborhood! Zimmerman had started a neighborhood watch for a reason.

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@ Kimberly2nd2none

YOU FORGOT TO MENTION RACIST PUNK

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@ Ummm

Trayvon Martin was NOT a thug but he was NOT perfect. However I do agree that the media likes to stir up problems and racial conflicts to their own benefit. The liberal media likes to report some things and leave out other crimes for their own benefit.

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I am so sick and tired of this BS that is is a racial thing..... WTF ever... when a WHITE person is killed by a BLACK person there is no RIOT, when there is a BLACK person killed by a WHITE person or I guess now a Hispanic person there is this big uproar..... you know that kid did not do good things he was on the wrong path, guns...pot....actions...etc.... and because you were not there at the moment of the firing of that gun you can NOT say that TRAYVON said or did towards ZIMMERMAN you do not know if he acted like he had a gun, which judging by his pictures he did have one at one time, you do not know if he didn't jump at ZIMMERMAN, because you were not there. You can not say he is RACIST based on the fact that he killed a BLACK person......I have been called racist yet I have a bi-racial child.....so go figure. SO no matter what the people on the phone told ZIMMERMAN they were not actually there and did not see what actually unfolded, just as TANYA states in her BIASED comment those pics have no bearing...WTF ever.... they do have bearing they show the mentality of that unarmed boy..... if you want to use things against ZIMMERMAN you should be able to use TRAYVON'S stuff against him too. I am not saying ZIMMERMAN was right or TRAYVON was right.... no one knows but ZIMMERMAN and TRAYVON and GOD.... and as people we have to sort out the truth not be swayed by COLOR.....That is just pissing me off.....I hate it when the BLACK people still to this day hollar I am OPPRESSED...PLEASE... you are NOT OPPRESSED...your GREAT GREAT GREAT grandmother was but you know it was your own ancestors who sold you into slavery not the WHITE man...get over this racial BS and listen to the FACTS! Or excuse me is that just to F-ING easy!

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@ Slcw

Then what is he doing smoking weed and getting into fight was he has stated on the phone himself and getting kick out of the house and school, why do you call that?

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@ Steve

YOU know what i called that ignorat. Like you never smoked weed in your life PUNK. SO SMOKING WEED ON A VIDEO AFTER HE GOT SHOT IS JUSTIFIED?

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@ Slcw

It was not just our own people that sold use to slavery. It was the process in which it all was allowed and men are free so it is said. Even if that be the case does that make the enslavers less culpable? NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is no Racial BS. It still happens today. If you have a biracial child then you will learn what they will face. If you do not listen to them you will lose their respect. No one knows what it is like to face racism everyday, I did say everyday one way or another. you will never know, but you biracial kid will. keep your blinders on you will face it sooner or later. There are stats that come out everyday in google news about this issue. Keep denying it. When your kid gets profiled and or killed we can come back to your comment here. You should hope your kid never reads your comment here.

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@ Edward Dixon

Having a biracial kid doesn't determine whether or not you are racist, idiot! And honestly you have some racial tension in your heart. I actually feel sorry for your biracial child to have a parent like you who doesn't like or appreciate their Black side. Second of all, you don't know how it is like to go through racism everyday and have people stereotype you everyday.

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@ AMK

They never said that their childs race had anything to do w/ their racial beliefs, smh, ppl make 2 many assumptions.

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@ Slcw

TM's actions are not what are in question. TM is not on Trial, it is GZ that was following someone. As I stated if a woman is being followed and then confronted by that person she has every right to defend herself against a unknown person. Why is it so unreasonable for that to apply for TM... As far as color goes what made TM look suspicious? He was not drunk walking. He was not looking in anyones house, even the detective asked that and GZ could not answer that one question? He Trayvon was running till he ran away from GZ. He was still pursued by GZ still. GZ was asked what was wrong by Trayvon. GZ says nothing. He still could not identify himself. Do you understand what Unencumbered means? That is what the Constitution of the United States provides. So, with that said, what makes TM look suspicious?

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@ Edward Dixon

I asked myself the same question.

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@ Edward Dixon

@AMK Absoultely right. I HAVE a bi~racial child she Is 26 now and boy did she have problems growing up. AND I hope Eddie Dixon experience It.

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@ Edward Dixon

Oh get a grip!! And you wonder why the Black "Community" is such a disaster! Blacks are the most racist of all! And, Whites, Asians AND Hispanics are fed up with it!

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@ Donellen99

First of all you ignorant idiot the african american community is no worse off then any other community. As your dumb ass stated Yall asses are tired if the racist black community well guess what the black community has been sick of the racist white community for well over 400 hundred years. I have creepy ass crackers calling me and my spouse niggers every day where i live so explain that asshole.

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@ Donellen99

Everyone has an unhealthy bias against everyone depending on how you were raised.

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@ Slcw

Again Trayvon was not the one following or instigating this. GZ was the that person. Trayvon was walking home just like a woman would have been that was raped. Some stranger is following him. A woman has the right that if someone is following her and confronts her she can defend herself. Why is it that we have all these excuses for George to defend against someone he was following? So, Trayvon has no right to what the Constitution allows one to be able to walk unencumbered. Does again that only apply to GZ and not TM?

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@ Slcw

The question is or should be not why is it that when a white person is killed by a black person. Your question should be why is it that a white person does not get arrested right away after he kills a black person and a black person that kills a white person is. A black does not get the benefit of the doubt. He is normally arrested right there. Do, you get it yet why the be uproar?

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@ Edward Dixon

If the said black person had been as beat up as Zimmerman was then the circumstances would likely have been the same. I reserve my judgement because I'm unaware of what happened. I do know however that the media and all who want "justice" for Trayvon were extremely manipulative in just about every way possible. I that no one in that rally had any recent pictures of Trayvon. Not one. They all used the same school picture from when he was 13, and his mother even said what a great kid he was (while she was kicking him out). These pictures, and texts show that Trayvon was not the tiny innocent boy released in EVERY media story picture, but a big, capable young man. Who was having a troubled time with drugs (irreverent to the case in my opinion), and violence. NOT the picture we had painted for us by the "Justice for Trayvon" group. Not

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This is total BS! no matter what Trayvon did in those pics or text doesnt have a damn thing to do with that racist sob following a unarmed black teen because he looked like he didnt deserve to b in that neighbor when police told him not to a kill him! zimmerman and his lawyers all need to go to hell! they are trying to say trayvon deserved to b shot!

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@ Tanya

If the said black person had been as beat up as Zimmerman was then the circumstances would likely have been the same. I reserve my judgement because I'm unaware of what happened. I do know however that the media and all who want "justice" for Trayvon were extremely manipulative in just about every way possible. I that no one in that rally had any recent pictures of Trayvon. Not one. They all used the same school picture from when he was 13, and his mother even said what a great kid he was (while she was kicking him out). These pictures, and texts show that Trayvon was not the tiny innocent boy released in EVERY media story picture, but a big, capable young man. Who was having a troubled time with drugs (irreverent to the case in my opinion), and violence. NOT the picture we had painted for us by the "Justice for Trayvon" group. Not at all.

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@ Raven

@raven It wouldn't b a fair trial if they dnt allow the evidence in2 the zimmerman trial! U r absolutely correct!

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@ Tanya

maybe he did deserve to be shot... were you there?

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I find that the pictures should be used. A minor having a weapon and smoking pot: yeah gives us a clear message. Who is to say that this kid wouldn't of killed anyone. He's was on the wrong path as is. And we all know where that leads to- violence down the road and gangs. And what if trey had a gun and shot Zimmerman? How many people would come to his defense stating a young child couldn't do that. There would be much more problems with this case. So look at it from both sides instead of just one.

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he is a young boy.like many teens he does stupid things such as smoke weed that doesnt determine whether or not you are goood.and the fight he said he didnt get alot of hits so i assume he lost to the boy so he probably lost the fight to zimmerman as well which is apparent because he is now dead.what a sad case zimerman should be charged

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@ neicy

His life was taken , so regarless of the photos he is still a minor and his life was taken , because this man was carless and ruthless him self, didnt you hear the call idiot!!!!!!

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@ neicy

Nobody knows exactly what went down that day. Maybe if Zimmerman didnt shoot him he would of been the one that would be dead instead of Trayvon. Then what? would there have been a case just as big as this one? Probably not.

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You do realize that if Zimmerman is found not guilty, there will be a riot again, just like with Rodney King. They have no sense of discretion.

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@ Guest

Really THEY? Who are the THEY with no sense of discretion. If there is a fear riots and individuals being upset then fair justice should be done.

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@ Michelle Zigler

ohlike rodney king theguy that took too many drugs and killed him self !

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@ Michelle Zigler

They? I wish They would stop having massive school shottings and molesting kids.

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@ Michelle Zigler

They are those who feel like just because this boy was of color there should of been a riot. You know why is it if a black person gets killed all hell breaks loose but if a white person is killed by a black man it doesnt get the same up roar? I dont understand it... Maybe Zimmerman was protecting himself maybe this Trayvon kid did do something to him that wasnt right.

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@ Guest2

No zimmerman following an unarmed kid has no bearing on the fact...did he know he was unarmed? Did he know he was armed? He was the security for the housing area...that was his job to follow and protect his community. So lets just say for shits and giggles TRAYVON was a very bad person who was in fact there to rob and rape and zimmerman said oh it is just a kid no big deal, and he left it as that. Are you with me here? And lets just say TRAYVON did in FACT kill or rape someone in their home, who the hell do you think would still be facing something because he did not confront or stop this person to ask questions? AGAIN... you were not there the operator on the phone was not there and that tape can be heard many different ways.....SO to answer your question NO GZ following an unarmed kid makes no difference at all!

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@ Guest2

So, GZ following a unarmed kid makes no difference to you? Why is that? Trayvon was not following GZ he was the one being followed. So, Trayvon has no right of defense?

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