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In an attempt to further illustrate a troubled, defiant 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman is requesting that his victim’s school records be brought to court as part of his defense. Zimmerman’s attorney said he has sent subpoenas to the schools that Martin attended in the Miami area, requesting disciplinary notices, suspensions, and tardiness records among other things.
Martin was suspended by Miami-Dade County schools because traces of marijuana were found in a plastic bag in his book bag. At the time of his death, he was serving the suspension. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. He is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense via Florida’s — now criticized — “stand your ground” law. Benjamin Crump, Martin family attorney, has said the link between the youth and marijuana should have no bearing on the probe into his shooting death. Zimmerman’s parents are Caucasian and Hispanic and Trayvon Martin’s parents are African American. Many believe Zimmerman is racist and deliberately sought to kill an African American male. The shooting prompted nationwide protests after Zimmerman was not arrested for weeks after the shooting.
In July, Zimmerman claimed that Martin’s death was part of God’s plan. In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, George Zimmerman said he felt the night 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed “was all God’s plan.” ”We must worship a different God,” Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, said in response to Zimmerman’s claim. “There is no way that my God wanted George Zimmerman to murder my teenage son.” Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, referred to the notion as “ridiculous.” In addition to crediting God for the evening of February 26 when he ignored the suggestion of the 911 operator to not confront Martin, Zimmerman also said he’d like to talk to his victim’s parents about that tragic evening. ”Absolutely not,” Fulton said when asked if she’d be willing to meet with Zimmerman.