Defense attorneys for George Zimmerman released tons of new photos and other materials related to his murder case on Tuesday, in the hopes that it can be used as evidence against 17-year-old Treyvon Martin.
The photos were taken from Martin’s cell phone after it was analyzed at a crime lab. The pictures include a picture of him blowing smoke at the camera with his middle finger extended – a gun lies in the corner of the room.
A photo of Zimmerman’s graduation from Seminole State College was also released. While he participated in the ceremony, he never actually graduated, after failing an astronomy class.
Text messages pulled from Treyvon’s phone revealed that his mother had asked him to move out after he was caught skipping school.
Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, said that the materials could highlight Martin’s character and be used as evidence against him.
"If the state puts at issue Trayvon,” O’Mara said, “we get to respond to that.”
Prosecutors have filed a motion asking Circuit Judge Debra Nelson to prevent the materials from being exposed.
Both of Martin’s parents agree that the photos and texts are irrelevant to the trial. In a statement, his parents said that proving Trayvon deserved to be killed is the same kind of closed-minded thinking that caused Zimmerman to shoot an unarmed kid he didn’t know.
Some photos have been elected by the state not to be released, including six autopsy photos of Martin and 17 of him taken at the scene of the shooting.