SANFORD, Fla. - Jurors heard opening statements in the George Zimmerman trial on Monday.
"Good morning. 'F*****g punks, these a******s all get away,'" Guy quoted Zimmerman. "These were the words in this grown man's mouth as he followed this boy that he didn't know. Those were his words, not mine."
"I don't know if there's ever been a case that started with the words he (Guy) started this case with," said Todd Fulcher, who won one of the 24 public seats for the trial.
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Following Guy's statement, defense attorney Don West came forward to woo the jury. As he began, he told a knock-knock joke. But it failed to win a laugh. "Knock knock. Who's there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Good, you're on the jury," he said. Later, West apologized. "No more bad jokes, I promise that," he told jurors. "I was convinced it was the delivery."
"I don't understand why he (West) did that. I don't think it connected with anyone in the room, certainly not with the jury because he was begging them for laughter," added Fulcher.
Fulcher said the state's tactic was evident.
"You have an all-female jury. You put the male-supermodel state attorney in front of them to try to draw them in," said Fulcher.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Martin's death, saying the shooting was in self-defense.
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