A Florida judge ruled Tuesday that texts Trayvon Martin sent before being fatally shot and the fact that marijuana was in his system when he died are inadmissible in George Zimmerman’s trial for second-degree murder. Zimmerman, whose trial begins June 10, shot and killed the 17-year-old last year, claiming he acted in self-defense. Judge Debra S. Nelson also ruled that jurors cannot hear about Martin’s knowledge of guns. Tuesday’s pretrial hearing could be the last before Zimmerman’s trial, and Nelson is also expected to rule on whether a state audio expert can break down a 911 call where Martin can be heard saying, in a trembling voice, “I’m begging you,” while screams are heard in background, presumably Zimmerman’s.
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