The Florida judge presiding over the murder trial of George Zimmerman ruled this morning that text messages taken from Trayvon Martin’s phone and an animation commissioned by the defense purporting to show the fight between Martin and Zimmerman cannot be entered as evidence.
However, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson ruled that the defense can use the animation as a “demonstrative exhibit” in their closings.
The motion-capture animation was a snapshot of what the defense said happened the night Martin died. The animation shows Martin walking up to Zimmerman and punching him in the face, as well as Martin straddling and punching Zimmerman. It was built using Zimmerman’s account of what happened and estimations made by witnesses who called 911 about the confrontation the night Martin died.
The text messages will be barred altogether. The messages, taken from Martin’s phone, include one in which a female friend told Martin that he should stop fighting as well as images of a gun.
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