June 24th, 2013
01:45 AM ET

The Zimmerman trial: What you need to know

Opening statements begin Monday in the trial of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. He says he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense.

A jury of six women will decide Zimmerman's fate, which has already drawn some scrutiny from the public about whether he will get a fair trial.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    On the topic of self defence, congratulations to the Atlanta sneaker-line man who shot and killed the armed robber! Yes!

    June 24, 2013 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    "...scrutiny from the public about...a fair trial?"
    A "fair trial" is almost impossible after the racist activism and media campaign that demanded Zimmerman's arrest in the first place.

    June 24, 2013 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Good grief! Self defence huh? Yup you just gotta know, many a man has been killed by a bag of Skittles! Yup they are pretty lethal! Lmao

    June 24, 2013 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      How did he KNOW Martin only had a bag of Skittles? He didn't exactly have a chance to search him while his head was getting smashed into the concrete.

      June 24, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      If he would have let the police do their job, it wouldn't have mattered if he had a bazooka. The confrontation would not have happened and the young man would still be alive.

      June 24, 2013 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    His arrest should've been a given!!

    June 24, 2013 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    sooo for zimmerman, the big blimp wimp, it has been determined the jury of his peers are women...who woulddah guess? his atty are fearful of scrutiny by men...did they skewed the pool for those who are barren, without children, and specifically without sons, too? ...if you read fifty shades of grey and any one of the twilight or harry potter's volumes and never ever missed a oprah or ellen-g episode...you are in!

    June 24, 2013 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Slayer

      Big wimp huh? Who's alive and who's dead?

      June 24, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      You are saying that women are unfit to serve on juries? Where did THAT come from?

      June 24, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. She mail

    CNN your headline is "what you gotta know" yet your article contains three small paragraphs that all consist of one sentences. I'm so much more informed now. Thank you for the enlightenment

    June 24, 2013 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Lol @ slayer, REALLY?? You arent one of those people that actually think a boy armed only with a bag of skittles could actually take on a man armed with a gun, and win are ya??

    June 24, 2013 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Mum

      Lol Chrissy. One word for ya. Skittles Pox 🙂

      June 24, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    True @ Miquel, but you should NEVER bring a bag of skittles to a gun fight and think you might win even.

    June 24, 2013 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO

    Not guilty. Reasonable doubt.

    June 24, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO

    Self defense claim + physical injuries = reasonable doubt

    June 24, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©

    The Zimmerman Trial : What you need to know. Should Read :
    The Zimmerman Trial : What we already know.

    What we already know is this trial will throw the racial wedge into play again. Some people are looking at the way this went down with Zimmerman overstepping his bounds as a neighborhood watch participant, whose only duty is to detect and report, not detect, follow and confront. If intructions from the 911 operator had been follwed, this tragedy would not have happened.
    Others are going to say this trial is racially motivated just in order to quiet down the masses.

    June 24, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    @ BOMBO, he didnt have a RIGHT to search him! And also HE was breaking the law himself by carrying a gun while on neighborhood watch!

    June 24, 2013 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Actually, thanks to the gun lobby in Florida, he had a carry permit. I'm not saying he was morally right. I am saying that legally, he will beat the charge. There is a difference.

      June 24, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It is expressly against the rules of Neighborhood Watch to carry a gun. One is also supposed to have a partner on Neighborhood Watches, according to NW rules. It doesn't matter if he had a permit or not.

      June 24, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Ya know when you get hurt because you instigate a fight with someone you dont get to cry "foul" later just because you got hurt!!

    June 24, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. BOMBO

    I find it interesting that I have argued against many of the same people on gun issues, from the other side of the fence on other threads. Let me be clear. I don't think Zimmerman, or any untrained private citizen, should carry a gun. However, under Florida law, he was within his right to do so that night. This is unfortunate, because if he did not have a gun, he would not have felt "brave" enough to confront Martin in the first place and both men would now be alive and well.

    You can't have it both ways. If you want permissive gun laws, these kinds of things will happen from time to time.

    June 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Thank you @ banasy. That is exactly right. And i did say in my post "while on neighborhood watch"!

    June 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
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