Defense releases photos, texts of Trayvon Martin

AP News
Posted: May 23, 2013 12:27 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman's defense attorneys have released photos and text messages from 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's cellphone ahead of a hearing that will determine whether they can be used at the neighborhood watch leader's trial.

The photos released Thursday show Martin blowing smoke and extending his middle finger to the camera. The photos also show a gun and what appears to be a potted marijuana plant.

In the text messages, Martin tells a friend that his mother has told him he needs to move out of her house and move in with his father since he was caught skipping school.

Zimmerman is charged with fatally shooting Martin last year during a confrontation at the gated community of Sanford. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense.

His trial starts next month.