Attorneys in ZImmerman Case Present Differing Views of Fatal Confrontation
Monday June 24th, 2013 | WMFE- Attorneys presented their opening statements in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial in Sanford Monday morning. It was two very different interpretations presented before a packed courtroom.
[Image: Tracy Martin reacts during opening statements on Monday - photo by Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel]
State prosecutor John Guy told jurors the defendant profiled Trayvon Martin, then forced a fatal confrontation with the unarmed black teen.
"He shot him for the worst of all reasons…because he wanted to.”
Guy argued that evidence will contradict what he called Zimmerman’s “tangled web of lies,” including a lack of blood, bruising, or Zimmerman’s DNA on Martin’s hands.
Defense attorney Don West countered in his opening statement that Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense after he was, in West’s words, “viciously attacked.”
West told jurors they’ll hear from a man who said he saw Martin
straddling Zimmerman on the ground and beating him mixed martial arts
"He called it a ‘ground and pound.’ A ‘ground and pound.’ That’s the words that he used. A ‘ground and pound’ is when you’re mounted on somebody, they are helpless, and you are basically beating them senseless.”
However, West told the jury it was sad that Martin lost his life, and said the evidence will show there are “no monsters” in this case.