Trayvon Martin Shown Holding Guns, Blowing Smoke– – What was it Obama said about Trayvon Martin?
In an apparent attempt to
smear dead Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman's defense
team has released photos and text messages from Martin's cellphone ahead
of a hearing next week that will determine whether they're admissible
Martin family attorney Natalie Jackson vented her anger about the release on Twitter, saying the defense team is appearing "desperate and transparent."
Last year, Zimmerman shot the unarmed 17-year-old
a confrontation in a Florida neighborhood. Zimmerman claims he shot
Martin in self defense and is pleading not guilty to charges of fatally
shooting the teenager. His trial is scheduled to begin next month.
The photos released by
Zimmerman's legal team appear to show Martin blowing smoke, riding a
horse, and holding a gun. Text messages discuss Martin's mom apparently
kicking him out of the house.
"If the state puts at
issue Trayvon, who he was. If the state makes that an issue, we get to
respond to that," Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, told the Associated Press.
Prosecutors have previously requested a gag order againstO'Mara.
The order would have prevented attorneys from discussing evidence in
the case and opinions about Zimmerman's guilt with news organizations
and on social media. A judge denied the request.
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