Zimmerman trial kicks off with profanity, knock-knock joke
Monday, June 24, 2013 - 01:28
June 24 - Jurors in a racially charged Florida murder trial hear sharply contrasting versions of who was the aggressor in a struggle that ended with the shooting death last year of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin by a volunteer neighborhood watchman. Deborah Gembara reports.
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Prosecutors in the trial of a Florida man accused of shooting of an unarmed black teenager come out swinging
SOUNDBITE: Prosecutor John Guy saying:
"'F--king punks. These a--holes always get away.' Those were the words in that grown man's mouth as he followed in the dark a 17-year old boy who he didn't know. Excuse my language but those were his words, not mine."
Prosecutor John Guy launched into a profanity laced opening statement, reportedly repeating the words of George Zimmerman who is on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Prosecutors will attempt to convince the all-female jury that the former neighborhood watch volunteer faced no threat from the unarmed black teenager.
SOUNDBITE: ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY JOHN GUY, SAYING:
"George Zimmerman did not shoot Trayvon Martin because he had too. He shot him for the worst of all reasons, because he wanted to. Thank you for your time."
This is how Zimmerman's attorney, Don West, began his remarks.
SOUNDBITE: GEORGE ZIMMERMAN'S ATTORNEY DON WEST, SAYING:
"Knock Knock. Who's there? George Zimmerman who?"
From there he went on to say.
SOUNDBITE: ZIMMERMAN'S ATTORNEY DON WEST SAYING:
"George Zimmerman is not guilty of murder. He shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense after being viciously attacked. I think the evidence will show that this is a sad case, that there are no monsters here."
Zimmerman is accused of second-degree murder, a charge that carries with it, a life sentence if he is found guilty.
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