Jurors Will Hear Prior Unrelated Phone Calls In Zimmerman's Murder Trial

Jurors Will Hear Prior Unrelated Phone Calls In Zimmerman's Murder Trial

According to CBS News, the judge in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman will allow jurors to hear phone calls that Zimmerman made to the police (non-emergency calls, apparently) to complain about people he considered to be suspicious in his neighborhood.

CBS News quotes one of Zimmerman’s calls:

“We’ve had a lot of break-ins in our neighborhood recently, I’m on the neighborhood watch. There are two suspicious characters at the gate of my neighborhood. I’ve never seen them before – I have no idea what they’re doing. They’re just hanging out, loitering.”

Prosecutors made the argument, an argument that the judge obviously bought, that Zimmerman’s multiple phone calls show his state of mind, a “building level of frustration,” regarding those who Zimmerman felt were breaking into homes in the neighborhood.

The defense argued that the phone calls were irrelevant to the case at hand.

The last time we wrote about the Zimmerman case was in April, when he declined the stand-your-ground hearing, which would have allowed the judge to decide whether or not Zimmerman was immune from the murder charges on self-defense grounds.

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