State Prosecutors wants Travyon Martin’s personal life off limits

Bernie de la Rionda..Orlando Sentinel: The prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder case has asked a judge to prohibit testimony about shooting victim Trayvon Martin‘s personal life, including whether he had been suspended from school, used marijuana or been in a fight.

The information is irrelevant and would prejudice a jury, the state contends in the motion, filed late Friday.

The motion also asks the judge to disallow:

•Screen names used by Trayvon on social media.

•The fact that he wore or owned a set of gold teeth.

•The contents of text messages received or sent by Trayvon before Feb. 26, the day he died.

•The contents of text messages received or sent by Trayvon on Feb. 26 unless a court rules them admissible.

•The level of marijuana in Trayvon’s blood the night he was killed.

George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old South Florida youth. The killing happened Feb. 26, 2012 in Zimmerman’s Retreat at Twin Lakes neighborhood in Sanford.

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25 Responses to State Prosecutors wants Travyon Martin’s personal life off limits

  1. George Zimmerman’s wife files trial witnesses list that includes sister-in-law, brother-in-law

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-shellie-zimmerman-defense-witnesses-20130516,0,2944284.story

    SANFORD – George Zimmerman’s wife, who is facing a perjury charge, has filed a witness list that includes her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, the couple who helped her husband set up a fund-raising website and manage the money that came flooding in.

    Shellie Zimmerman is the wife of 29-year-old former Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who is charged with murdering Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, in Sanford Feb. 26, 2012.

    She also is accused of a crime: perjury. Prosecutors contend she lied during her husband’s April 20, 2012, bond hearing when she said told a judge they were broke.

    At the time of the hearing, the website had raised more than $130,000 in just over two weeks, according to prosecution records.

    In phone calls from the Seminole County Jail, Zimmerman directed his wife to move money from his bank account into hers, into his sister’s and cash into a safety deposit box, according to prosecution records.

    The defense witness list, filed Monday by defense attorney Kelly Sims, includes eight names. Sims said they are all state witnesses.

    They include George Zimmerman’s sister, her husband; two credit union employees, a court reporter, a Lake Mary woman and two investigators with the office of Special Prosecutor Angela Corey.

    Shellie Zimmerman, 26, is to be tried after her husband. His second-degree murder trial is slated to begin June 10.

  2. STATE’S 16TH SUPPLEMENTAL DISCOVERY in Zimmerman case.

    http://www.gzdocs.com/documents/0513/051013_state_16_discovery.pdf

    Attempted Speaker Identification; Florida vs. Zimmerman

    http://www.gzdocs.com/documents/0513/051013_speaker_identification.pdf

    • Xena says:

      Just read the report and while some of it is technical, it appears that “I’m begging you” was confirmed to be yelled by Trayvon Martin.

      • Yes! We knew it from the beginning.

        • Xena says:

          Just read the other report too. The expert said that while Trayvon is heard saying “I’m begging you,” that Zimmerman is heard preaching, saying “These shall be….” Funny, I have the Sony Soundforge Pro software and listened to that recording where I clearly heard Zimmerman talking while Trayvon is screaming. I just can’t make out what Zimmerman says other than “fuck.”

          • “These shall be”…what is that about? He is clearly talking and this S0B tried to steal a dying child’s last screams.

          • Xena says:

            The expert said Zimmerman sounded like a circus barker. “These shall be …” Maybe “these” meaning Trayvon’s last moments of life.

            Got a video on the way. Give me a few minutes.

          • Just got back. I had to take my little Jay to the doctor. Bring on the video! Bring it on, lady!

          • Ametia says:

            Hope Jay’s ok.

          • Jay has an ear infection along with a virus. He’s been crying and running a high temp. I’ll be glad when the medication starts to work. Poor little Jay!

  3. State audio experts ID Trayvon’s voice in screams

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmerman-trial-voice-20130514,0,2122283.story

    Two sets of state audio experts came to different conclusions after listening to the screams of someone crying for help just before Trayvon Martin was shot: One said it was Trayvon. The other said some of the screams likely came from Trayvon while others from Zimmerman.

    That evidence was made public today.

    One team of analysts, Harry Hollien and James Harnsberger, evaluated the now-well-known call from a neighbor, who called 911 when she heard two people arguing.

    In the background, someone can be heard crying for help then comes a gunshot, and the cries stop.

    Hollien and Harnsberger broke down the recording scream by scream. They concluded that the recording quality and the voice samples they were provided were not good enough to match either Trayvon or Zimmerman.

    But they wrote there were near matches for several individual cries. The first eight came close to matching Trayvon’s voice, they wrote, while the 14th, 15th and 16th came close to matching Zimmerman’s.

    In a separate evaluation, forensic analyst Alan Reich wrote that he believed all the cries came from “the younger of the two male speakers, Trayvon Martin.”

    Last week, defense attorneys filed paperwork, asking Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to hold a hearing to determine the scientific validity of the work done by state voice experts.

    That may take place May 28, the next-scheduled hearing in the case.

    Zimmerman’s second-degree trial is scheduled to start in Sanford June 10.

  4. Xena says:

    Sorry I’m late. I was wrong in that video. BDLR is not just a step ahead of Zimmerman’s defense team. He’s a mile ahead of them. :-)

  5. rikyrah says:

    I’ll say it again…

    Trayvon Martin was minding his own damn business…

    when he was

    STALKED
    HUNTED
    MURDERED

    for the crime of WALKING WHILE BLACK

    what were his ‘ weapons’?

    Skittles and Iced Tea

  6. Ametia says:

    If anyone’s personal life needs to be on TRIAL, it’s that MURDERER George Zimmerman. CASE CLOSED!

  7. Motions are flying fast and furious as we get ready for trial. Some highlights from the State:

    DothProtestTooMuch.com

    Have a seat nutters – your irrelevant “research” may be just about all thugboat has as a way of a defense but it does not mean it is proper or relevant evidence in a murder trial

    Trayvon was not under the influence of marijuana when he was murdered, therefore the trace amounts found in his blood is irrelevant and should be excluded

    BdlR is NOT presenting new and novel scientific methods regarding voice ID, therefore no Frye hearing. The same refrain as usual…depose the experts, Mark!

    No one gives a damn about what the police or thugboat or his lying family has to say about whether he should have been arrested so keep it moving, Mark.

    No jury nullification or consideration of the penalty if the defendant is found guilty as that is irrelevant

    And evidence of not being found guilty in other criminal arrests (pre-trial diversion) is utterly irrelevant to the charges at hand related to 2/26/12

    No inference can be made or implied or suggested based on who the State decides to call or not…hmmmm

    So let’s discuss…how will this shape the testimony of the case. The State is clearly saying, let’s stick to the facts, just the facts because they know they have the facts AND the law on their side…while Mark and Don continue to distract. I bet thugboat had a bout of IBS when he read these motions as he thinks this is his path to a not guilty verdict…not the evidence, certainly not his testimony but via character assassination of his victim, a minor child. Let’s see Rene try to spin this…looks like she was up all night doing gsleezelegalcase’s bidding!

    For those not wanting to visit gzlegalcase, you can find all of today’s motions here:

    STATE’S MOTION IN LIMINE REGARDING OPINION AS TO APPROPRIATE PENALTY OR DISREGARD OF LAW
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9tY6Ztj1ZHaa0RpZjBpNUxuU0E/edit?usp=sharing

    STATE’S MOTION IN LIMINE REGARDING CALLING OF WITNESSES
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9tY6Ztj1ZHaWjBfS1dEaEVfdVU/edit?usp=sharing

    STATE’S MOTION IN LIMINE REGARDING PRIOR CRIMINAL HISTORY
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9tY6Ztj1ZHabWhHWmNfbUh1d2M/edit?usp=sharing

    STATE’S MOTION IN LIMINE REGARDING SELF-SERVING HEARSAY STATEMENTS OF DEFENDANT
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9tY6Ztj1ZHaZ0Q3WGFaN2pvTFE/edit?usp=sharing

    STATE’S MOTION IN LIMINE REGARDING TRAYVON MARTIN
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9tY6Ztj1ZHacG1ZVjRWNEo2Ync/edit?usp=sharing

    STATE’S MOTION TO LIMIT/EXCLUDE IMPROPER OPINION EVIDENCE
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9tY6Ztj1ZHaZk80QWE5eG1tSlE/edit?usp=sharing

    MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER/MOTION IN LIMINE REGARDING TOXICOLOGY
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9tY6Ztj1ZHaa3N6RTg3QWlnZnM/edit?usp=sharing

    STATE’S RESPONSE TO DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR EVIDENTIARY HEARING
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9tY6Ztj1ZHaMEVnN1FXMTFpZjA/edit?usp=sharing

    STATE’S MOTION REQUESTING COURT TO ORDER DEFENDANT TO COMPLY WITH THEIR DISCOVERY OBLIGATIONS
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9tY6Ztj1ZHaU3BzeF9memVfZXc/edit?usp=sharing

    • roderick2012 says:

      I don’t understand why the State is bothering to ask for Trayvon’s personal life to be off limits at the late date.

      BdlR missed his chance at the beginning to request a gag order to be placed for the defense and whatever has been said about Trayvon’s personal life is already public knowledge whether it’s true or not.

      If a George supporter is able to lie his way onto the jury then it’s BdlR’s fault for not hiring a competent jury consultant.

      Otherwise I see the attempt to keep anything about Trayvon’s personal life as some type of public admission that it’s a positive for the defendant in his case.

      Smoking weed and pulling some pranks like writing ‘wtf’ on a locker with a magic marker aren’t criminal and kids who use foul language aren’t criminal just teenagers being rebellious.

      • Hi, roderick2012!

        Bernie De la Rionda did request a gag order and Judge Lester denied it.

      • roderick2012 says:

        Yes, SG2, Bernie did request a gag order but it was still too little too late.

        I guess the Florida Sunshine Laws cut several ways:
        1) allows the public to access evidence before the trial and analyze it
        2) prevents
        3) sometimes makes the bar for conviction higher because releasing evidence numbs the public because humans have a bad habit of once they become familiar with something they need a higher level of stimulation (or in this case more damning evidence)

        Although I hate O’Mara he is playing the cards that he has been dealt well.

        He’s decided that he will play the ‘grand conspiracy against St, George’ card.

        O’Mara wants Judge Nelson to reject his motions so the paying customers can claim that Judge Nelson too is biased against their poor railroaded martyr George.

        O’Mara knows what’s in those text to Rev Al and Tracy Martin so he knows George doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell in beating this unless at least one of George’s fans makes it onto the jury.

  8. Bring On The Pics, Part One

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aiEr-av–c

    Bring On The Pics, Part Two

  9. MOTION TO ALLOW EXPERT WITNESS TESTIMONY AT HEARING ON MAY 28, 2013 TO BE BY VIDEO CONFERENCING

    http://www.gzdocs.com/documents/0513/051013_video_expert.pdf

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