Defense trying to get Martin texts introduced

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Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 8:48 pm | Updated: 10:08 pm, Mon Sep 9, 2013.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Defense attorneys are trying to get Trayvon Martin's text messages and phone photos that deal with fighting and guns introduced at George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial.

Zimmerman's attorneys late Tuesday called a forensics computer analyst to tell a judge that text messages on Martin's cellphone showed he was trying to buy or sell a gun.

Jurors were out of the courtroom. The testimony was given to Judge Debra Nelson to help her decide whether to allow the defense to use them.

The Florida judge had ruled that information about Martin's interest in guns and fighting couldn't be used during opening statements. But she left open the possibility that they could be introduced later.

The 29-year-old Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming he shot the unarmed black teenager in self-defense. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

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