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Could new evidence in George Zimmerman case tip the scales?

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The new evidence filed in the case against George Zimmerman could be a tipping point in the case.

Former prosecutor and trial lawyer Richard Kuritz believes so.

"If the text messages are found to be admissible in trial," said Kuritz, "it will be a huge blow to the prosecution's case, and could easily sway a jury in favor of Zimmerman."

According to law enforcement reports, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder.

State Attorney's Office accused of withholding photos

On Thursday, Zimmerman's defense team released its third supplemental discovery; new evidence in its case.

The filing shows pictures of 17-year-old Martin making obscene gestures, wearing gold teeth, blowing and inhaling smoke.

The evidence was taken from Martin's cellphone and included pictures of marijuana plants and a handgun.

Also taken from the phone, 410 text messages, some redacted.

The texts were made and/or received between November 2011 and February 26, 2012 the night Martin was killed.

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Martin wrote several messages about fighting.

November 22, 2011:

"Yea he got more hits cause in da first round the had me on the ground and I couldn't do ntn"

He wrote about his mother's decision to put him out of her home.

Also November 22, 2011:

"my mom just told me I got to move with my dad"

The conversations were between friends and what appears to be family members.

November 22, 2011:

"so you just turning into a hoodlum"  "No not at all."

Martin wrote about fighting, smoking weed, guns and where he was going.

February 20,2012

"Where are you going? "


"Orlando? Why?"

"2 chill"

The text messages from February 26, 2012, the night Martin was killed have been redacted.

The question is: will the pictures and text messages be admitted as evidence in the upcoming trial? 

Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Martin family, in a statement called the release of the the new evidence a "red herring."

"Is the defense trying to prove Trayvon deserved to be killed by George Zimmerman because the way he looked?" asked Crump.

A hearing is set for Tuesday; prosecutors have asked the judge to bar all evidence about Martin's marijuana use, school suspensions, fighting and his gold teeth.

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