“He Shot Him For The Worst Of All Reasons – Because He Wanted To”: George Zimmerman Trial Begins
“F**king punks, these a**holes always get away.”
Those were the words spoken by prosecutor John Guy during his opening statements this morning as the murder trial of George Zimmerman began in Sanford, Florida. These exact words are, of course, the ones that came out of Zimmerman’s mouth during a 911 phone call he made to say that then-17-year-old Trayvon Martin was in his gated community acting suspiciously. Guy and the rest of the prosecution are out to prove that not only did Zimmerman follow and shoot Martin because he unfairly profiled him as someone who would possibly commit a crime, but that he shot the teen because he “wanted to.”
“George Zimmerman didn’t shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to. He shot him for the worst of all reasons – because he wanted to.”
The prosecutor also took time to poke holes in Zimmerman’s account to police about what happened on that fateful night in February. Guy claimed that statements made saying Martin had his hand over Zimmerman’s mouth aren’t true seeing as Zimmerman’s DNA wasn’t found on Martin’s body, and the teen’s DNA wasn’t found on Zimmerman’s gun or holster, refuting claims that Martin got his hands on Zimmerman’s firearm during their fight, according to Guy.
On the other side of the fence, defense opted to point out that both Zimmerman and Martin weren’t bad guys. It was just an unfortunate situation where Zimmerman had to defend himself because he was attacked.
“George Zimmerman is not guilty of murder. He shot Trayvon Martin after he was viciously attacked.”
Defense attorney Don West, who had to be stopped by the judge for deciding to try and tell a knock-knock joke during his statement, tried to repaint the picture of Zimmerman as someone concerned about the alleged stranger in his community after there had been a string of break-ins. West claimed when he followed Martin from afar after police told him not to, the teen wound up confronting Zimmerman and never went to his father’s home when he could have. Zimmerman was then allegedly punched and feeling that his life was being threatened after a full-blown brawl ensued, decided to pull out his gun and defend himself by shooting the teenager.
What is the truth is for both sides to argue.
Of course, Zimmerman’s wife, and both Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin were in the courtroom to hear the opening statements. While it is reported that both Fulton and Martin broke out in tears during the first day of trial, as for Zimmerman, he sat looking straightforward for the most part, emotionless. We’ll see how things play out as the trial continues on.