Trayvon Martin Case: The Prosecution Opens

Assistant District Attorney John Guy claims there is no evidence that the teenager attacked his killer.

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Assistant Prosecution John Guy addresses the jury with his opening remarks in a Sanford, Florida courtroom on June 24, 2013

Prosecutors came out forcefully in their opening statements in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman on Monday. Just minutes after the six-person jury was seated in a state criminal courtroom in Sanford, Florida and given instructions by Seminole County Judge Debra S. Nelson, assistant District Attorney John Guy began addressing jurors in a stern, theatrical manner. Here are the five key points he made regarding the case, which will determine whether Zimmerman is criminally responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, on the night of their encounter in a gated community in Sanford on February 26, 2012:

1. “Fucking punks, these assholes always get away,” were the first words assistant prosecutor Guy used in his opener, describing what Zimmerman was recorded saying to a police dispatcher just minutes before he fatally shot Martin. Guy went directly to the moments leading up to the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in February 2012. His intent was to show that Zimmerman had already made up his mind that he should confront Martin rather than waiting for police.

2. Zimmerman’s story doesn’t add up. Guy says that the defendant told police that while he was sitting in his car, Martin ran behind a set of townhouses in the gated community where the shooting took place. But the prosecutor says other records dispute Zimmerman’s statement to the police: “Listen to the non-emergency call that happened in real time and you will see that didn’t happen.”

3. Nobody heard Martin threaten Zimmerman. Guy argues that despite Zimmerman’s statements, witnesses did not hear one of the main claims defense lawyers are hanging their case on: Zimmerman’s assertion that Martin said, “You are going to die tonight.” Matter-of-factly, Guy lays out to jurors: “You are going to hear from people out there. Nobody heard that.”

4. None of the witnesses saw the entire incident.  Guy maintained that people in the vicinity of the shooting heard part of the fight between Zimmerman and Martin — some heard the beginning, some heard the end, but all these amount to nothing more than “slices.”

5. There is no evidence that Martin actually attacked Zimmerman. Despite Zimmerman’s injuries  — he had cuts on his head and a broken, bloodied nose — none of his blood or DNA was on Martin. “He didn’t have bruised knuckles. He didn’t have swollen hands. The only injury to his hand that was capable of being photographed was a small abrasion on his left ring finger. Trayvon Martin was right handed. That was the only injury to his hands.” Guy said.

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13 comments
b.elena139
b.elena139

I am listening and now what we have:
Zim is : fat, unable to fight and can't stand any painful impact as well and still with all this he is following Martin Why.
Because he has a GUN.
Now did he expect nice talk?
no
He was already in bad confronting spirit himself and already made martin feel bad by following him.

So what will be the outcome? Confrontation. So Zim is going for confrontation and what he has to confront?

Can he handle it nicely.
No he is in a bad spirit already.
Can he fight back?
no
he is fat and week.
Why he goes for confrontation?

thewhip
thewhip

all the Prosecution needs to say in their closing arguments is this.

The bottom line is:

Here was a 17 year old, unarmed youth going on his way, minding his own business, chatting on his cellphone with his friend.

Then came an older man, an adult with a gun, profile him, caused an altercation (and by the way when he was attacked by Zimmerman, one would expect him to defend himself, thus Zimmerman busted nose.

Without Zimmerman suspecting and provoking this kid, this kid would be alive today.

tij
tij

The problem is Zimmerman never identified himself as a neighborhood watch to Trayvon.

Trayvon is entitled to self-defense from a person who was stalking him.

Search Youtube for "Protect Self Defense from Attackers, Muggers and Stalkers".

SharonCrenshawHarris
SharonCrenshawHarris

Z hit his own self, now it dose not add up, cause DNA proves it, what a loser.  

GloriaPeck
GloriaPeck like.author.displayName 1 Like

Ask yourself: who is more likely to plead for help: an unarmed adolescent being stalked in a strange place: or a stocky 29 year old with martial arts training, looking to gain points towards his goal of becoming a cop? 

justessyearwoman
justessyearwoman

Forgot to say,  head butt could have happened as Martin died, your head is VERY heavy,  and SLAMS down with loss of life,  (like being hit with a bowling ball!)   so head butt may not even have been intentional.

justessyearwoman
justessyearwoman

Only thing that makes sense.....Martin gave Z...ONE head butt to the nose, which caused Z'S head to hit sidewalk

teeney,tiny cuts on the head will gush blood,  Z's were only scratches...ONE  HEAD BUTT TO THE NOSE!!

Timein
Timein

Doesn't point 4 negate or contradict point 3. And regarding point 5, how do you account for the broken nose and head lacerations. When you are sitting on someones chest as Zimmerman says, you can punch with either or both hands.  All in all, not the best opening arguments.

ClementWeather
ClementWeather

A lot of drama, smoke, mirrors, and BS.  The idea that the deceased never attacked Zimmerman is utterly ridiculous.  

Justice4TM
Justice4TM

@ClementWeather How is it ridiculous? Trayvon  had no bruising to his fingers, knuckles, nor did he have any of Z's DNA anywhere on his body!? So please explain how does a 17yo boy who allegedly punched you 20 to 24x (as per Zimmerman's report) and not end of with any bruising or DNA??? Your statement is what is RIDICULOUS and lacks not only intelligence but it also lacks any supporting evidence! There is no evidence to prove that Trayvon caused those injuries!