The long-awaited murder trial for young Trayvon Martin officially began yesterday. In opening statements, prosecutors argued that George Zimmerman was fed up with "punks" getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Martin "because he wanted to," not because he had to. "We don't intend to say he was profiled solely because of race," prosecutor John Guy said last week.
Zimmerman's defense attorneys stated in their opening statements that the neighborhood watchman killed as self-defense against a young man who was slamming Zimmerman's head against the pavement. He is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder.
"I ask that you pray for me and my family because I don't want any other mothers to have to experience what I'm going through now," said Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother, shortly before the start of opening statements.