Judge says animation, Trayvon Martin's texts can't be used in court

Judge says animation, Trayvon Martin's texts can't be used in court

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SANFORD, FL - JUNE 24: George Zimmerman waits for his defense counsel to arrive in Seminole circuit court, on the 11th day of his trial June 24, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Today prosecutors began with their opening statements. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on July 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM

SANFORD, Fla. -- A central Florida judge has ruled that Trayvon Martin's cellphone texts on fighting and a defense animation depicting the fight between Martin and George Zimmerman won't be introduced as evidence at Zimmerman's trial.

Judge Debra Nelson made her ruling Wednesday, a day after she heard arguments on the matter.

The judge says the animation can't be introduced as evidence that can be reviewed by jurors during their deliberations but defense attorneys may be able to use it during closing arguments.

The judge says she agrees with prosecutors' objections to introducing the 17-year-old's text messages.

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing Martin during a fight in Zimmerman's neighborhood. He's pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.

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