Updated: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:37:33 GMT | By Mike Schneider And Kyle Hightower, The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com

Defence seeks to introduce Trayvon Martin's texts



Defence seeks to introduce Trayvon Martin's texts

George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom for a lunch break his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

SANFORD, Fla. - The Florida judge presiding over George Zimmerman's trial has ended the court session without ruling whether she will allow Trayvon Martin's text messages dealing with fighting to be introduced at Zimmerman's murder trial.

Judge Debra Nelson said late Tuesday that she would issue a ruling on Wednesday.

Defence attorneys want to introduce the texts because they say the messages show Martin had an interest in fighting. Prosecutors are opposed to jurors seeing the texts, claiming they are misleading.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. The former neighbourhood watch volunteer is pleading not guilty, saying he shot the unarmed black teenager in self-defence after they got into a fight last year in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Civil rights activists protested after an initial delay in charging Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic.

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