State motions to block computer reenactment from George Zimmerman trial

Defense's animated reenactment shows Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin altercation

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SANFORD, Fla. - The state has filed a motion on Monday to bar George Zimmerman's attorneys from presenting a computer animated reenactment to the jury in Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial.

Zimmerman is charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a Sanford gated community in February 2012.

The state says the "computer-animated reenactment of some purported events" was a late disclosure by the defense. According to the motion, the animation was provided on July 2, 2013, less than 30 minutes before his deposition.

The state wants to reopen two of the defense experts' depositions to find new information in their opinions. Prosecutors were deposing one of the witnesses on Monday night after court.

According to the motion, the animation should be blocked because of speculation and the incompleteness of the animation.

The state writes the animation depicts lightning conditions that do not resemble the actual conditions, relies in part upon statements from police reports that were contradicted in court, does not show the murder weapon and the angle of the two figures fighting is based on "approximations" made by the witness.

According to the motion, the data used in the animation was collected when the witness went to the murder scene and had two employees of Zimmerman's law firm to wear "motion capture" suits while the witness directed them to position themselves and what actions to take based on his approximations.

The state says the animation also has Martin as left-handed instead of right-handed. The witness also said the exhibited was "created only using items provided by the defense counsel and that he had 'no idea' whether there might be addition evidence, statements or items bearing on the accuracy of the depiction; nor did the witness make any such inquiry."

The state requests the court prohibit mentioning the exhibit during the trial and wants the court to conduct a hearing on the reciprocal discovery violation.

Nelson said the hearing on the state's challenge will resume at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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