Sixteen months after the shooting that took the life of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a jury of six women began hearing evidence in a Florida courtroom this week in the trial of George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman, then 28, shot Martin in the chest during a confrontation in the Retreat at Twin Lakes gated community in Sanford, Florida, on the night of Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the case, but his attorneys have maintained that he acted in self-defense.
Opening statements: Did Zimmerman 'profile' Martin?
In a relatively brief opening statement, prosecutor John Guy used Zimmerman's own words to describe for jurors what the state believes was his mindset on the night of the shooting.
"[Expletive] punks. They always get away," Guy said, quoting Zimmerman in his call to a police non-emergency number after spotting Martin walking through his neighborhood.
According to Guy, Zimmerman "profiled" Martin and then followed and killed the unarmed teen because he didn't think Martin belonged in the community. At the time, Martin was staying with his father's girlfriend, who lived there.
Guy said Zimmerman's injuries were only superficial and did not support a claim that he shot Martin in self-defense. He also stated that the physical evidence at the scene and on Martin's body and clothes would contradict Zimmerman's version of events.
Guy said nobody heard Martin say, "You're going to die tonight," as Zimmerman alleged. He described the 911 call in which someone -- he suggested it was Martin -- could be heard screaming right before the gunshot as "bone-chilling."
According to Guy, Zimmerman killed Martin "because he wanted to."
Defense attorney Don West spoke for more than two hours about Zimmerman's account of what happened that night and described him as a concerned citizen who was fighting for his life against an aggressive stranger.
He also made a much-criticized knock-knock joke that he later apologized for.
"'Knock, knock,'" he said. "'Who's there?' 'George Zimmerman.' 'George Zimmerman, who?' 'All right, good, you are on the jury.'"
West argued that the physical evidence at the scene did support the defense's position that Martin was the aggressor in the fight. He said one witness described Martin as being on top of Zimmerman, beating him before the gun was fired.
West claimed that Martin used the concrete sidewalk as a deadly weapon by smashing Zimmerman's head against it, and he said Zimmerman had a legal right to defend himself.
The first prosecution witness was Chad Joseph, the son of Martin's father's girlfriend, who was playing video games with Martin before he left to go to a 7-Eleven. Joseph said he asked Martin to buy Skittles for him.
Andrew Gaugh, the 7-Eleven clerk who sold Martin an Arizona fruit drink and Skittles, also took the stand Monday.
The 911 dispatcher who answered Zimmerman's non-emergency call, Sean Noffke, testified about the questions he asked Zimmerman and the commands he gave him.
When Zimmerman told him he was going to follow Martin, Noffke said, "We don't need you to do that."
Noffke testified that dispatchers discourage confrontation and avoid giving callers direct orders because it could make them liable.
On cross-examination, Noffke said Zimmerman did not seem angry during the call and his answers did not suggest animosity. Noffke also said he asked Zimmerman about the suspicious person's race so officers would know who to look for.
Noffke acknowledged that he asked Zimmerman which way Martin was running and that Zimmerman said "OK," when told not to follow Martin.
Ramona Rumph, a records custodian for the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, testified about how 911 and non-emergency calls are prioritized and handled at the communications center. Zimmerman's call was designated as "routine."
The defense objected after prosecutors played one of several other non-emergency calls Zimmerman made in the six months before the shooting to report suspicious black males in the neighborhood.
Jury sees crime scene photos
Tuesday began with a hearing on the relevance of Zimmerman's prior non-emergency calls. Prosecutors argued that they showed Zimmerman's state of mind the night of the killing.