Zimmerman Team Scores a Win

Judge reverses decision, attorneys can now discuss Trayvon's pot use
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2013 6:18 PM CDT
Zimmerman Team Can Now Talk About Trayvon's Pot Use
George Zimmerman sits at the defense table at his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Florida.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

George Zimmerman's defense attorneys will now be allowed to tell the jury about a toxicology report showing that Trayvon Martin had THC in his body when he died. The judge had previously ruled that his lawyers couldn't talk about the traces of marijuana found during the autopsy. But that was when the doctor who conducted the autopsy believed the amount in Martin's body was too small to have had any effect on him. Last week, he changed his mind and said it might have, and today, the judge ruled that the report is now admissible, the LA Times reports.

The rest of the trial today was largely consumed by more debate over whose voice could be heard screaming on those 911 tapes. Many of Zimmerman's friends testified that it was his voice. "There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that is George Zimmerman and I wish to God I didn’t have the ability to understand that," said one, per Fox News. "I have no doubt in my mind that’s his voice,' said another. But Martin's father, who police say previously did not recognize his son's voice on the recording, denied that today. He says he merely told the cops he couldn't tell if it was Martin's voice on first hearing. Now, he says, he can tell that it is. "After listening to the tape for, maybe 20 times, I said I knew that it was Trayvon's voice," Tracy Martin told the courtroom, the Washington Post reports. (Read more Trayvon Martin stories.)

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