Zimmerman Trial Day 11: Opening Statements
Sanford, Fla. -- Opening statements in the George Zimmerman murder trial were bold, brash, even sometimes outright colorful.
The state and the defense painted two very different pictures of the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
Opening statements today in Zimmerman's second degree murder trial were of the utmost importance as the state and the defense had one chance to make a first impression.
The state showing Zimmerman as a vicious attacker who profiled Martin, Zimmerman's team saying it was all in self-defense.
"Good morning. F***ing punks. These a**holes, they always get away," Prosecutor John Guy said. "Those were the words in that grown man's mouth-"
And those were the words first spoken in today's opening statements as the trial of George Zimmerman gets underway.
State Attorney John Guy opening with a bang… quite different from some of the first remarks of defense attorney Don West.
"Knock knock. Who's there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? OK good, you're on the jury."
West's joke might've fallen a little flat, but he soon began offering lengthy explanations of evidence the jury will have to consider.
In total, the defense spent about two and a half hours on their opening statements, going over everything from the layout of the neighborhood to forensic evidence about Martin's gunshot wound.
The state however, was much more poignant.
"Trayvon Martin, 21 days removed from his 16th year, was face down, in wet grass, laboring through his final breaths on this earth," Attorney John Guy said in his opening statements that were brief and emotional, bringing Martin's parents to tears.
West however, frustrated the state and Judge Nelson with many of his statements as he dove further into evidence.
Several objections from the state were sustained.
After opening statements and a brief hearing wrapped up, the state called its first witness around 3 o'clock.
This afternoon the court heard from 4 witnesses, including the 9-1-1 operator who took Zimmerman's non-emergency call when Zimmerman first saw Martin, and the son of Tracy Martin's girlfriend who was with Trayvon just before he left for the 7-11.
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