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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