Trayvon's Texts Reveal Fistfights, Eerie Warning
Friend's text: Don't get shot
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 24, 2013 5:45 AM CDT
Updated May 24, 2013 7:54 AM CDT
George Zimmerman, defendant in the killing of Trayvon Martin, is seen in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., for a pre-trial hearing, Tuesday, April 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

(Newser) – George Zimmerman's defense team is painting an unflattering picture of Trayvon Martin through his text messages, which it released yesterday—and they contain a haunting warning from a friend: "Boy don’t get one planted in ya chest," the friend writes. The text came three months before Trayvon was shot, the Miami Herald reports. The same friend earlier said Trayvon was "turning into a lil hoodlum." ("No not at all," Trayvon replied.) In another text, Trayvon says he was suspended from school over fighting; later, he says he fought a friend who "snitched on me." "I lost da 1st round :) but won da 2nd nd 3rd," he says.

In other texts, however, he suggests that he got in trouble for fights he wasn't involved in. Several later messages appear to discuss getting a gun, with questions like "U got heat??" and a later question posed to him: "You want a 22 revolver?" The texts also contain discussions of marijuana; Trayvon gets called a "weedhead." The Herald describes the release as "part of Zimmerman's defense plan to put [Trayvon] posthumously on trial." Prosecutors say the text messages, as well as Trayvon's school records and some photos, aren't pertinent evidence; images like one of him displaying gold teeth play on "stereotypical and close-minded thinking." The Orlando Sentinel has more on the defense's argument for the evidence (for instance, it's expected to argue that marijuana references are admissible because Zimmerman said in his 911 call that Trayvon was acting like he was high). The judge will decide whether to allow the materials.

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savdavis
May 25, 2013 9:38 PM CDT
How much weight has Zimmerman gained....Ole Chubby might be an easy target in Prison...
jsehgal
May 25, 2013 1:27 PM CDT
Did Zimmerman not follow Trayvon to pick a vigilante fight?
reallybig
May 25, 2013 1:05 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD .... Only Zimmerman and God know what happened the night .. (the only witnesses) .. and Zimmerman said he had to kill Martin, in self defense .. and any other stories or theories made-up now .. are mostly done by racists, who were not there. ---- The racists keep repeating "hearsay' evidence" .. for their racist opinions. I'd love to see these racists .. explain their racist views (and opinions) to Malcolm X .. if he was alive today. TRUTH? ... Can Zimmerman be found guilty "without a shadow of doubt" .. if there are no witnesses to say he was? .. or any other real evidence? .. to prove "without a shadow of a doubt" .. that he didn't kill Martin .. in self defense? FOR THE DEFENSE ..... I quote a famous black man .. famous to everybody .. white and black alike ... who was outspoken .. and killed for it .. from the Nation of Islam .. and his name was Malcolm X Malcolm X quote said; ... "I'm for TRUTH, no matter, who tells it." Malcolm X quote said; .. I'm for JUSTICE, no matter who it's for, or against." Malcolm X quote said; .. "Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone;" ..>>>.......>>> .. "BUT IF SOMEONE PUTS HIS HAND ON YOU .. SEND HIM TO THE CEMETERY." Malcolm X quote said; .. "I don't even call it violence, when it's done in self defense; I call it intelligence." My opinion? ... are the opinions of Malcolm X .. that violence, in self defense, is justifiable and intelligent. My opinion? ... to bad Malcolm X won't be on the Jury, to find Zimmerman INNOCENT. ------------- REALLY