Judge: Jurors can't see texts, scene in Martin case
SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge is placing limits on what George Zimmerman's lawyer can say about the 17-year-old teen he fatally shot during the neighborhood watch member's murder trial next month.
Circuit Judge Debra Nelson has ruled that Zimmerman's attorney won't be able to mention Trayvon Martin's marijuana use, his suspension from school or past fights during opening statements. She also ruled that some of the Martin's texts and other social media statements won't be allowed in opening statements, though some of his personal material could be allowed later depending on how the case progresses.
The judge also nixed the idea of taking jurors to the crime scene during the trial and ruled against a defense request that the pool of jury candidates be sequestered during jury selection.
The judge also said jurors will be referred to by their jury numbers and prohibited their faces from being photographed.
Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, says he is concerned potential jurors could be affected by publicity the case is receiving.
Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder. His trial starts next month.