Trayvon Martin and his father Tracy
*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.
*Fighting for justice has become a full time job for the mother of slain Florida teen, Trayvon Martin.
Sybrina Fulton has been on the road raising awareness about her son’s death and campaigning for justice, but her job is in jeopardy.
So a few of her co-workers stepped in and pooled over $40,000 of vacation time to donate to their grieving and fighting peer.
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Now Fulton can work full time for eight months demanding her son’s death be avenged through the court.
The outpouring of support came after the Miami-Dade County Commission passed a resolution last month to allow county employees to donate vacation time to Fulton or Trayvon’s aunt, Yolanda Knight Evans, who works for the county as a water and sewer customer-service representative.
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After just two-weeks of passing the resolution, the $50,000 cap the commission set on the gifts was reached, The Miami Herald reports.
Further, Martin’s parents have joined forces to raise awareness about the controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law via a non-profit organization they launched only a week after their son’s death.
According to the attorney who helped set up the foundation, the pair will begin to receive an income from the work they are doing in the community, but it will be at the same level of their current salary.