On Monday George Zimmerman’s attorneys will give their opening statements presenting the jury with two versions of the night 17 year old Trayvon Martin died.
Zimmerman, 29, is on trial for shooting death of Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old who was killed by Zimmerman in February 2012.
John Guy will be giving the opening statement for the prosecution, explaining how the former neighborhood watch captain is guilty of second-degree murder for pursing Martin, engaging him in a fight and, ultimately, shooting him.
Guy said that after the shooting, Zimmerman lied to police in the days ahead. The jury listened often with their hands clasped together over their mouths.
Don West will be giving the opening statement for the defense, telling the jury how Zimmerman was forced to act in self-defense to save his own life.
On Saturday, Judge Debra Nelson ruled that the prosecution’s audio experts will not be able to testify about their analysis of screams on a 911 call from the night of shooting.
Key to the trial will be determining Zimmerman’s state of mind nearly 16 months ago when the shooting took place.
“To prove second-degree murder, prosecutors must prove that Zimmerman was filled with ill-will, hatred or spite,” said criminal defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh, who has no connection to the case. “Jurors can consider a lesser charge of manslaughter if they think what Zimmerman did was unlawful but didn’t contain those necessary elements.”