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

(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.

George Zimmerman sits in the courtroom during his trial.
George Zimmerman sits in the courtroom during his trial.   (AP Photo /Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
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