State Prosecutors push to keep Trayvon Martin's past out of the George Zimmerman trial

Posted By Attorney Robert M. Bernstein || 16-May-2013

State prosecutors in the case against George Zimmerman are pushing to keep Zimmerman's attorneys from bringing testimony about Trayvon Martin's past during the trial. The state said in motions filed on Friday they want to prevent Zimmerman's attorney's from bringing up Martin's personal life, including his school records, previous suspension from school, fights, text messages sent prior to his death unless related to the case and his social media use.

The motion also says the state wants to prevent the defense from using Martin's toxicology report, which showed the level of marijuana in Martin's blood the night he was shot and killed. The state's fillings suggest they fear the defense may try to attack Martin's character, instead of focusing on whether Zimmerman murdered Martin.

Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara also filed motions discussing what they will discuss at the next hearing, which is set for May 28. Among the motions were to motion to allow additional witnesses and to allow expert testimony by video at the hearing. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder after shooting and killing Martin in Sanford in February 2012.

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