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George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for killing Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman says he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday.
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Throughout the course of this trial, a lot of evidence related to the night of the killing will be presented in court. But there's also a lot of very compelling and provocative information out there that the jury will never see (at least not in court). Judge Debra Nelson already ruled that the jury will not hear evidence related to Martin's past, including his school suspension, prior marijuana use, history of fighting and his familiarity with guns.
However, Nelson did say that she may allow some of it in court if the defense can find a way around the hearsay rules of evidence. Many of these photos show Martin with drugs, smoking and holding a gun. They were taken from his cell phone.
The judge ruled Zimmerman's criminal past, including domestic violence allegations against him, will not be allowed in court.
During the trial, the jury also won't know what sentence Zimmerman is facing as they weigh the evidence and decide whether he's guilty of second-degree murder.