George Zimmerman Trial: Jury Allowed To Hear That Trayvon Martin Had Marijuana In His System, Judge Rules

Source: AP / CBS News

SANFORD, Fla – The judge in the George Zimmerman murder trial will allow jurors to hear evidence that shooting victim Trayvon Martin had small amounts of marijuana in his body when he died.

Judge Debra Nelson on Monday denied a prosecution request to keep out parts of a toxicology report that shows the teen had marijuana in his system when he was shot to death by Zimmerman, a Sanford, Fla. neighborhood watch volunteer, on Feb. 26, 2012.

Prosecutor John Guy argued the information would be “unduly prejudicial” without demonstrating “that it may have had an impact and what that impact may have been.”

But defense attorneys said it was relevant since Zimmerman believed Martin was under the influence at the time he spotted him in his neighborhood.

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  • Oppelganger

    Yes, because clearly you can tell signs someone is high on marijuana from a distance, at night and from behind.

  • Porkchop70

    Okay, somebody correct me if I am WRONG…BUT, marijuana does not make you aggressive. If he had small amounts in his system, this could be from second hand contact…I could understand if it was crack, PCP, meth, heroine or alcohol. These stimulants have a history of aggressive behavior, but not marijuana.

  • bid316

    Oppelganger, you forgot to mention that he had, as stated, a SMALL amount of marijuana in his system. I’m not sure what qualifies as a “small” amount nor how much earlier Trayvon would have to have consumed it. That’s the vital info! I would have absolutely no problem “IF” this was adequately explained.

    For habitual users, marijuana (THC) may be detected MONTHS after use. The “fact” that it was in his system does not necessarily speak to any reasonable influence of any sort.