Sanford, FL: Opening statements held Monday in the George Zimmerman Court Trial.
Opening statements were held on Monday in the case of 29 year old George Zimmerman accused of murder in the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin at a gated community in Sanford, Florida on Sunday, February 26th, 2012.
The jury heard from both the prosecution and defense opening statements as well as outlining the evidence they will show the jurors.
During opening statements Monday, the prosecutor told jurors that George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, “because he wanted to,” not because he had to.
Prosecutor John Guy’s opening statement quoted George Zimmerman saying, “Good morning. ‘F*****g punks, these a******s all get away. These were the words in this grown man’s mouth as he followed this boy that he didn’t know. Those were his words, not mine.”
Prosecutor John Guy immediately had the jury’s attention and recounted what George Zimmerman told a police dispatcher in a 911 call before the confrontation with the teen.
Prosecutor John Guy told jurors that George Zimmerman “murdered” Trayvon Martin because of his temperament, his MMA training and his anger that “these a——- … always get away.”
As Prosecutor John Guy made his arguments, Prosecutor John Guy pointed a finger at George Zimmerman, glaring at him for a second to two longer than is comfortable.
George Zimmerman was profiling Trayvon Martin as he followed him through the gated community, Guy said.
“He shot him for the worst of all reasons: because he wanted to,” said Prosecutor John Guy.
George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges for Trayvon Martin’s death on Feb. 26, 2012.
The defense argued that the shooting was carried out in self-defense saying “there are no monsters here.”
Defense Attorney Don West told jurors that George Zimmerman was being viciously attacked when he shot Trayvon Martin.
Defense Attorney Don West said that George Zimmerman was sucker-punched by Martin, who then pounded George Zimmerman’s head into the concrete sidewalk.
When jurors heard two police dispatch phone calls, they began to take notes.
The first was a call George Zimmerman made to a non emergency police dispatcher, who told him he didn’t need to be following Trayvon Martin.
Defense Attorney Don West walked the jury methodically through the call, pointing out that George Zimmerman did not follow Trayvon Martin after he was told not to.
The second 911 call captures screams from the confrontation between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.
Trayvon Martin’s parents said the screams are from their son while George Zimmerman’s father contends they belong to his son.
Defense Attorney Don West said, “I think the evidence will show that this is a sad case. There are no monsters here.”
Defense Attorney Don West said that George Zimmerman spotted Trayvon Martin walking into the gated community and did not recognize him.
Defense Attorney Don West said that there had been a rash of recent break-ins, and George Zimmerman was wary of strangers walking through the complex.
The George Zimmerman Court Trial continues Tuesday morning at around 8:30am ET.
This trial has attracted international attention and prompted nationwide debates about gun control, race, and equal justice under the law.
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