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. BOMBO

    How do you shoot somebody, then break your own nose and put two big gouges on the back of your head, without anyone noticing?

    June 28, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    As for the few bangs to the back of his head. I think once he realised WHAT he did and some common sense kicked in he banged his head a few times on the sidewalk. What spoke volumes to me to convince me he was guilty was when he lied to the court about his finances and the 2nd passport!

    June 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    What i DONT get is why YOU are defending him so vehemently???

    June 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      I've tried several times to respond but I keep getting blocked. This case is so full of reasonable doubt that they should not even be at trial. My vehemence is due to the slim chance that someone could be convicted of murder on political pressure alone.

      June 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perry Mason

      You drank the kool aid and speculated with the race mongerers that Zimmerman was guilty. With minimal attention to facts one easily discerned the Seminole County prosecutors office had ... nothing. I believe it was you who said, "Well, Zimmerman should've followed the dispatcher orders to stand down..." The dispatcher's orders? They have zero authority to order anything and cannot abridge the natural divine right of self defense. Rachel Jeantel was a star witness? Star monkey in the zoo exhibit. John Good says Martin was on top beating Zimmerman? Case closed.

      June 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @Perry Mason,wrong bud you work with police in organizing community watch programs and I've organized many bud...You do listen to police because all you are is the eyes,ears of the police nothing more with their help and yes they are your superiors you listen too or you aren't a watch volunteer easy as that bud!!Zimmerman stalking Trayvon is premeditated,not self defense and if you think different I say thank God you're only commenting ignorently here that's all!!

      June 30, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Just to clear up some confusion, the dispatcher admitted on the stand Friday he is NOT in a position to order callers what to do.

      July 1, 2013 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Pete, IF he stalked Trayvon, THEN it would be premeditated. But the prosecution needs to PROVE he stalked him. They haven't.

      July 1, 2013 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ Veritas, are you playing both sides of the fence???

    June 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @chrissy,good mornin..Most here have really no idea what's going on in Sanford with this trial and are playing on other comments thinking they're smart,more times than most they're not!!Zimmermans guilty and that's that and if he goes free than the justice system is simply a travesty of justice and all it is a joke with the one who holds the most money wins...Remember OJSimpson how guilty he was and he finally got his after years of walking free didn't he..Sometimes justice is better served cold right!!

      June 29, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Clifton Rubin

    You stalked me... You trapped me in my back yard... i defend myself, fearful that you may get up and hurt me..... I fight harder you (you chased me because you were confident in whipping a teenager) ... shoot and kill me.... Now you say it's self defense.

    That just doesn't float to me.

    June 29, 2013 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @Clifton Rubin,yah and that's after stalking him from the gated community to the store and back again..Then calling police and after being told to stay put you go after him anyway with a loaded gun,more like premeditated to me, like you I have some sense as well!!Hey don't inject racism either when Zimmerman called making racist remarks about Trayvon as well right!!

      June 29, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Pete, re your theory, prove it. That is what the prosecution needs to do, but they can't. Also, where have you been? Those "racist remarks" NEVER happened. Even the prosecution isn't claiming he said that. It's part of the mythology surrounding this case that amazingly many people still believe. Tell me, do you still believe Trayvon was 12? Do you still believe Zimmerman's father is a judge? Do you still believe Zimmerman was not injured? All proven wrong.

      June 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Depends on the jurisdiction. My understanding is he is a retired JP from Virginia. Performing marriages, notorizing papers, swearing oaths. In any case, even if he presided over criminal trials in Virginia, I doubt he would have the political clout to get charges dropped in Florida.

      June 30, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Special Prosecutor Angela Corey must be well pleased by the excellent testimony of Ms. Raquel Jeantel. Was this trial expensive? Despite some obstacles from other witnesses and facts, I feel confident that Zimmerman will go to prison for life.

    June 29, 2013 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Star witness Ms. Raquel Jeantel is a true star. We thank SP Corey for bringing her to us. Aussi, as the Martins' lawyer stated, this was never about race.

    June 29, 2013 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kosmo Kramer

    I have no opinion on guilty vs not guilty. But so far the prosecution case is a joke. The judge needs to dismiss this case, for lack of evidence and/or lack of prosecution ability. What a waste of money.

    June 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    As I have stated from the very start last year when this whole thing started, if Zimmerman had listened to the dispatcher and not followed Martin that night, the confrontation and subsequent shooting would not have occured.

    June 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Well people, since this is the fifth day on the same subject, with the same headline, and being the circus that it is, may I submit the following ?

    A couple took their young son for his first visit to the circus, and by chance their seats were next to the elephant pen. While his father was gone buying popcorn, the boy piped up, "Mom, what's that long thing on the elephant?"
    "That's the elephant's trunk, dear," she replied. "No, not that at the other end."
    "Oh, that's the elephant's tail."
    "No, Mom. Down underneath."
    His mother blushed and said, "Oh, that's nothing."
    Pretty soon the father returned, and the mother went off to get a soda.
    While she was gone the boy repeated his questions.
    "That's the elephant's trunk, son," he replied.
    "Dad, I know what an elephant's trunk is. The thing at the other end, down underneath the elephant's tail."
    The father took a good look, "Oh. That's the elephant's pe nis." "Dad, how come when I asked Mom, she said it was nothing?"
    The man took a deep breath and replied, "Son, I've spoiled that woman."

    June 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Walking into a bar the circus owner noticed everyone gathered around a table to watch a show. Getting closer he saw a pot was turned upside down and a duck was tap dancing on it. Thinking what a great circus act this could be, he offered to buy the duck from its owner. After some bartering back and forth, the owner of the duck said he would accept $5000 for the duck and would even throw the pot into the deal.
    A few days later, the circus owner returned to the bar, furious with the duck's previous owner. "You ripped me off! Right in front of the whole audience I put the duck on the pot and he didn't dance at all, not one single_step."
    "That never happened to me. Did you remember to light the candle under the pot?" asked the former owner

    June 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Lol oh do tell @ BOMBO! Like it would have NOTHING to do with the fact that this idiot shot and KILLED and 17 year old kid huh? He should get the same thing he gave! Lucky for him the max is life!

    June 30, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      So I guess he would be a satisfying sacrifice to calm the masses.

      June 30, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Lmao thank you @ bobcat. You never fail to put a smile on my face.

    June 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    BOMBO, how would he be classified a sacrafice? Hes admitted to shooting Trayvon so now he must pay the price. And did anyone else notice the name of the author of this thread? Wierd.

    June 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      So anyone else who admits to killing in self defence must also pay the price?

      June 30, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Perry Mason

    Have some pepperoni pizza with your Kool Aid kids.

    June 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
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