Prosecutors want inquiry into ice cream photo


SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a judge in the George Zimmerman trial to conduct an inquiry into an Instagram photo that was posted by the daughter of a defense attorney.

Prosecutors filed the motion Monday in response to a photo defense attorney Don West's daughter posted last week. The photo shows West with his daughter, Molly, holding up ice cream cones. The caption reads "We beat stupidity celebration cones" and "#dadkilledit."

The prosecution motion said the photo was posted after West's often tense cross-examination with prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel, who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin in the moments before he was fatally shot by Zimmerman during a fight.

Prosecutors said an inquiry is necessary "to ensure that witnesses and court proceedings are treated with respect and not as occasions for inappropriate jokes."

A spokesman for Zimmerman's defense team didn't immediately respond to an email inquiry about the motion. But spokesman Shawn Vincent released a statement last weekend saying West's daughter wasn't responding to a specific witness.

"The defense team is highly sensitive to the issues that surround this case, and we understand that the way we conduct ourselves during trial is at least as important as the verdict," the statement said. "And Molly's comments on Instagram are contrary to everything we stand for."

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second degree murder. He claims he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense.