SANFORD, Fla. – Attorneys in the George Zimmerman trial argued Monday and Tuesday about whether the jury should listen to five non-emergency calls he made before Feb. 26, 2012.
With the jury absent early Tuesday morning, Judge Debra Nelson listened to the calls that have already been admitted into evidence in the second-degree murder trial.
Prosecutors said the calls would bring clarity into what Zimmerman's "state of mind" was when he killed Trayvon Martin. Defense attorneys objected and cited the rules of evidence.
Assistant State Attorney Richard Mantei said the calls would show Zimmerman's frustration and help to prove the motive behind his decision to shoot. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara argued the calls were irrelevant and misleading.
Nelson said she needed to read 20 cases the attorneys referenced before making a decision. Testimony continues Tuesday.