Prosecutors: Martin's pot smoking irrelevant

Published On: May 20 2013 11:53:22 AM EDT

Seminole County Sheriff's Office/Courtesy GlobalGrind.com

2012: Trayvon Martin, 17, is shot and killed during a violent encounter with neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman had visible injuries and claimed he was acting in self-defense when he shot Martin. On April 11, 2012, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder. Allegations of racist motivation for both the shooting and police conduct, the initial decision not to charge Zimmerman, and questions about Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law brought the case to national and international attention. On July 13, 2013, his trial for second-degree murder and manslaughter ended in acquittal.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

Florida prosecutors say Trayvon Martin's troubles at school and his marijuana smoking should not be talked about at a trial for neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Prosecutors asked a judge on Monday to block Zimmerman's attorneys from presenting this evidence as well as information about Martin getting into a fight and wearing fake gold teeth. Prosecutors also want to keep out of the trial any social media screen names Martin used, the contents of his text messages and his school records.

Prosecutors say such information is irrelevant to the trial.

Zimmerman is set to go on trial next month for second-degree murder. He is pleading not guilty and says he fatally shot the unarmed 17-year-old Martin out of self-defense during a confrontation last year.

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