Friend of George Zimmerman claims Tracy Martin cursed at him

Published On: Jun 24 2013 03:03:48 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 24 2013 03:11:45 PM EDT

The six jurors and four alternates who will hear opening statements Monday in George Zimmerman's murder trial are beginning their time together in a sequestered bubble.


A friend of George Zimmerman claims Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin, cursed at him inside the courthouse, calling him a "motherf*****."

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Following opening statements in Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial, a brief hearing was held outside the presence of the jury.  During the hearing, Timothy Tucholski said Tracy Martin cursed at him either last Tuesday or the week before.

"(Tracy Martin) looked down at my badge (name tag) or chest area and said motherf***** under his breath," Tucholski said.

Tucholski's badge identified him as a family member, although he's a friend of Zimmerman.

The hearing was held as Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara tried to get permission for his client's parents to attend their son's trial.  They cannot be present because they are potential witnesses but will be allowed to attend once they testify or are removed from the witness list.

O'Mara argued that Tracy Martin should also not be allowed to attend because his alleged cursing broke rules set forth by Judge Debra Nelson about emotional outbursts.

Nelson ruled that Tracy Martin can remain in the courtroom.

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Nelson ruled earlier in the day that Martin family attorney Ben Crump, who's also a potential witness, could also not attend the trial unless Trayvon Martin's parents were unable to do so.

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