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Martin toxicology report to be presented in court

9:30 AM, Jul 9, 2013   |    comments
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SANFORD, Fla. - The defense team for George Zimmerman is hoping for a big win with the jury Tuesday.

Attorneys are expected to present evidence they claim will show that Trayvon Martin's behavior was altered the night of his death.

Judge Debra Nelson previously said the defense could not enter the teenager's toxicology report into evidence, claiming it needed to be proved relevant first.

The defense used expert testimony to prove its relevance because Nelson is now allowing the report to be presented to the jury.

It is expected that it will happen during the 11th day of testimony on Tuesday.

The report shows Martin had a small trace of marijuana in his system the night Zimmerman is accused of killing him.

Prosecutors tried to have the report thrown out, arguing it is prejudicial information.

But, the defense argues it supports the theory Zimmerman thought Martin was under the influence when he saw him in his neighborhood.

"... that falls in line with what George Zimmerman stated in his first couple moments with a non-emergency operator when he said that it looks like he's on drugs or something," Mark O'Mara Defense Attorney said.

It is also expected Tuesday that the defense will call an expert to testify that having marijuana in his system might have made Martin more aggressive toward Zimmerman.

Zimmerman has plead not guilty to second degree murder charges in the February shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17.

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