New evidence about Trayvon Martin

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  1. Lucky Pierre

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    - He sent text messages that same morning how he got in a fight earlier that day

    - Sent texts about his pot use, hiding his drugs, etc.

    - He was ordered to move out of his home by his mother

    - Was suspended from school twice

    - Several pieces of women's jewelry and a screwdriver police describe as a burglary tool where found in his backpage

    - photos on his phone show him growing marijuana with a .40 gun nearby


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    New evidence in Zimmerman case: Trayvon texted about fighting, smoking marijuana


    The evidence that George Zimmerman's attorneys have uncovered on Trayvon Martin's cellphone paints a troubling picture of the Miami Gardens teenager: He sent text messages about being a fighter, smoking marijuana and being ordered to move out of his home by his mother.

    And photos from that phone offer more of the same: healthy green plants — what appear to be marijuana — growing in pots and a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.


    Defense attorneys on Thursday gave formal notice to prosecutors that they intend to use those and other reputation-damaging pieces of evidence about Trayvon once Zimmerman's second-degree-murder trial begins June 10.

    Prosecutors say they're not relevant and should be barred.

    Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson must decide. Those issues may come up at a hearing Tuesday in Sanford.


    Overall, the evidence made public Thursday by Zimmerman's attorneys portray Trayvon as a wannabe gangster who couldn't stay out of trouble.


    The high-school junior had no arrest record, but he had been suspended from school more than once.


    The evidence packet contains more than two dozen photos, including one that shows Trayvon with gold teeth and two of him making an obscene gesture. Those have been widely circulated online since shortly after the shooting, and it's not clear where defense attorneys found them, but as of Thursday, they officially became part of Zimmerman's criminal case.


    The text messages that Trayvon wrote about fighting may be the most damaging to the state.


    In October, the judge said any history of violence on his part might be relevant. And violent and aggressive is how Zimmerman, a former Neighborhood Watch volunteer, described Trayvon's actions the day he shot the teenager in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012.


    Zimmerman told police that after the two exchanged words, Trayvon punched him, breaking his nose and knocking him to the ground, then climbed on top and began hammering his head on a sidewalk. The defendant told police he fired in self-defense.


    One eyewitness initially described Trayvon as standing over Zimmerman and fighting "MMA-style," a reference to mixed-martial-arts fighting.


    The text messages released Thursday were heavily redacted but made no reference to "MMA fighting." They did, however, include references to Trayvon being in fights.


    On Nov. 22, 2011, three months before the shooting, Trayvon wrote about being involved in a fight. His unnamed opponent, he wrote, "got mo hits cause in da 1st round he had me on da ground an I couldn't do ntn."


    Six weeks earlier he wrote a text message about problems at school involving a fight: "I was watcn a fight nd a teacher say I hit em."


    He also exchanged text messages with friends about smoking marijuana.


    Defense attorneys are expected to argue the marijuana use is relevant because in a phone call to police a few minutes before the shooting, Zimmerman described Trayvonas acting as if he were on drugs.


    In texts on Feb. 20, 2012, Trayvon wrote about hiding his "weed," and tells someone he is going to the Orlando area for several days.


    That appears to be a reference to his being suspended from school for 10days after being found with an empty marijuana baggie in his backpack.

    On Feb. 13, he sent a text to a friend, acknowledging that 10-day suspension: "I got in sum trouble 2day."


    The friend responded, "Ok so wen u comin bck 2 skool."


    Trayvon's response: "Da 29th."


    The defense evidence packet also includes other information from Trayvon's school records, among them five videos from a Miami-Dade schools police investigation that turned up several pieces of women's jewelry in Trayvon's backpack and a screwdriver, what authorities there described as a burglary tool.


    Those records were not made public because of student-privacy laws.


    In a prepared statement, Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon's family, described the new pieces of evidence as "irrelevant red herrings" and "a desperate and pathetic attempt by the defense to pollute and sway the jury pool."


    He predicted the judge would find them irrelevant and ban them at trial.


    After Zimmerman's attorneys released the text messages and photos, Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda filed a new motion asking for a gag order that would prohibit attorneys from discussing the case with reporters.


    That's his third such request. The judge is expected to take up the issue Tuesday.


    And late Thursday, Zimmerman's attorneys filed paperwork asking the judge to delay the start of his trial for six weeks.


    His attorneys said last week they would ask for a delay because they need more time to hire an audio expert to counter the testimony of a state witness expected to testify that the voice heard screaming for help in the background of a 911 call was Trayvon's.


    Staff writer Arelis R. Hernández contributed to this report. rstutzman@tribune.com or 407-650-6394.jeweiner@tribune.com or 407-420-5171.
     
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    pack :fail:
     
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    If Obama had a son he'd look just like Lucky Pierre
     
  4. Lucky Pierre

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    In other words, the defense is trying to show Martin is a violent guy, acting strange because he was on drugs, etc.

    I wonder if the judge will allow it.
     
  5. Lucky Pierre

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    The media wanted so desperately for this to be a case of mean adult caucasian, white, aryan racist murders innocent black child angel toddler who was simply getting candy and skipping home







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    Hence the made up term "white hispanic" :hhh:
     
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    So much so they made up the term White-Hispanic to incite racial tensions.
     
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    You mean like NBC editing the 911 audio to make him appear racist?

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/06/us/florida-zimmerman-nbc-lawsuit

    Got to love the evil fucking media.

    Just think, if a black person shot Trayvon because he wanted Trayvon's skittles we wouldn't even have heard about this.
     
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    From the moment it was reported that he didn't live or attend school on Florida, I knew there was more to the story. Slowly the truth will come out about the real Trayvon, by the looks of it, it will be in his own words.
     
  10. FlaFlaFlunkie

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    Weren't there also text messages about a gun purchase or gun sale? That, to me, is 100 times more damning than a text message about scoring some pot.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    shocking :coffee:
     
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    In other words, maybe he isn't the precious snowflake pictured in the several years outdated photos presented by the media. In other words, he wasn't the precious snowflake who would never incite trouble as the media and blaeks portrayed, just a little boy with skittles and a snapple.
     
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    Too bad Trayvon didn't have a gun when that rentacop wanna be tough guy went after him after he was told by 911 to leave him alone.
     
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    So if your kid gets killed by some asshole you want people digging up shit on him or was he an angel? You want to blame the dead victim and try to blame him?

    It's a shame that some people are so racist that they lack common sense.
     
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    Pro tip: anything you write in a text message is stored on a server in perpetuity.

    Just like anything you type into a search engine (tied to your IP with the date and then can be traced back to your ISP).
     
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    Digging up information? It was all on his phone.
     
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    Shocking. :rolleyes:
     
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    it raysis! :grad:
     
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    is there an echo in here? :what: