*New developments in the Travyon Martin murder trial have sent the court up in a frenzy.
According to reports, the slain teen was texting a friend about fighting and smoking marijuana. Texts also included photos of a gun and what appeared to be a marijuana plant.
The information comes from George Zimmerman’s camp, in a battle to have texts included in the trial.
Zimmerman, who will stand trialstarting June 10 for slaying Trayvon, is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense. The trial begins next month.
Since the murder, bits of information about the teen have been excluded from the court proceedings, including cell phone text messages. However Zimmerman’s attorneys want them to be included because they have voiced it is possible that the messages could explain Travyon’s behavior during the events that took place in February last year.
In the text messages, Martin tells a friend that his mother had told him he needs to move out of her house and move in with his father since he was caught skipping school. He also talks with a friend about smoking “weed.”
In another section, he describes being in a fight where his opponent got more hits than he did in the first round.
The hearing regarding the texts messages and photos is set for next Tuesday.
*As expected, former neighborhood watchman and killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, waived his right to the stand your ground law to claim self-defense.
He was asked in a series of questions whether or not he understood that he was giving up the right to a hearing before his second-degree murder trial in June.
“After consultation with my counsel, yes, your honor,” Zimmerman he told Circuit Judge Debra Nelson.
The judge set aside two weeks at the end of April to ensure Zimmerman an immunity hearing, if he had chosen to take that option.
But prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda filed a motion asking for the accused to make clear his intentions, whether or not he wanted a hearing.
“We’d much rather have the jury address the issue of criminal liability or lack thereof,” said Zimmerman’s defense attorney.
Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara also wanted the court to unseal details on a civil settlement Martin’s parents received from Zimmerman’s homeowner’s association. O’Mara contended the settlement could influence the testimony of Martin’s parents, if they are called as witnesses, says the Associated Press.
The shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, a black teen who was shot by Michael Dunn, a white man, after an alleged confrontation over loud music has drawn comparisons to the Trayvon Martin case, despite significant differences.
*The Hudson family murder trial is nearing its end with the last of the testimonies wrapping up.
William Balfour, the accused murderer of singer Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother, and nephew, will not testify in his own defense, said his attorney on Tuesday.
The prosecution will rest after a week-long court battle, presenting circumstantial evidence and several testimonies, as there were no eyewitnesses to the murder.
While it’s not been determined, it’s expected the defense will present a brief argument and possibly present witnesses to weaken the case that’s been built against Balfour.
In an attempt to bring the case to a close, Balfour’s lawyer, Amy Thompson asked the judge to dismiss the charges brought against her client, saying the evidence that’s been presented is only circumstantial and that the prosecution brought no direct witnesses to the stand.
The judge denied the request.
Closing arguments in the trial could happen Wednesday. Jurors would then begin deliberations.