Judge: Zimmerman Can't Show Animation of Fight ... Yet
Reenactment, text messages cannot be used as evidence, judge rules
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2013 12:25 PM CDT
George Zimmerman sits in the courtroom during his trial.   (AP Photo /Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

(Newser) – George Zimmerman's defense attorneys may be allowed to use Trayvon Martin's weed-revealing toxicology reports, but they can't use a computer animation depicting the struggle between Zimmerman and Trayvon, and they can't use text messages Trayvon sent about fighting and buying a gun, the judge has ruled. The animation, which shows Trayvon punching Zimmerman, and sitting on top of him when the teenager was shot, will be allowed in the prosecution's closing argument, but will not be available for jurors to review as evidence, USA Today reports. Prosecutors argued the texts were irrelevant and out of context, and questioned the animation's accuracy. "This is a murder trial. This isn't Casablanca. This isn't Iron Man," said one, per the AP.

Much of the trial yesterday was taken up by a forensic pathologist Vincent DiMaio, who argued that the trajectory of the bullet and gunpowder residue indicate Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman when the defendant shot him. But when questioned by prosecutors, he conceded the evidence could also be consistent with Trayvon pulling away from the older man. DiMaio is a regular expert at high profile trials, notes the AP, and is being paid $2,400 to appear at this one.

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Jul 11, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
Do you think when Zimm gets acquited, that the blacks will riot and burn their own neighborhood?
Jul 10, 2013 4:48 PM CDT
Obama caught meddling in Zimmerman case: A division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was deployed to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to provide assistance for anti-George Zimmerman protests, including a rally headlined by activist Al Sharpton, according to newly released documents. Tax dollars were spent.
Jul 10, 2013 4:22 PM CDT
I'm surprised no one mentions that Martin himself was almost certainly acting in self defense; after all Zimmerman had been following him, and Zimmerman turned out to have a gun. What does the law say when both people are acting in self defense? Wouldn't the defense that Zimmerman was acting in self defense then be irrelevant? If so, then woudn't the jury have to look at the actions of both parties leading up to the fight to determine who was most responsible for what happened? In that case, Zimmerman should, and would, be convicted of manslaughter.