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But apart from fox at 3 o'clock in New York City jaws dropped among the jury.
As the murder trial of George Zimmerman got off to a stunning start in Sanford Florida.
That's the word from observers in the court there were several F bombs a minute knock knock joke from the defense -- opening statements began.
Of course -- -- is the self -- neighborhood watch -- charged with murdering unarmed teenager trim on Martin Zimmerman says he shot in self defense.
Today prosecutors told the all woman jury that Zimmerman had profiled the team as someone about to commit a crime.
The prosecution open with some words that we rarely hear in open court.
And he pounds.
-- and it's they always get away.
Those little worse and that won't -- and it's not.
As he followed in the dark a seventeen.
Year old -- -- we -- now.
Excuse my language but those were his words.
Not -- And -- These the -- they always get away.
The defense countered that jurors would soon heard would soon learn the context of those words and that it was the teenager who started the fight to turn deadly.
But the way the defense began its statements reportedly left folks in the courtroom stone faced a joke that fell flat.
George Zimmerman who.
All right good.
You're on the jury.
No actually it really wasn't according to those who were the courtroom he told the jurors later to blame him for that not his client George Zimmerman -- apologize for it.
Among those sitting silently in -- courtroom the parents of -- -- teenager -- on Morton who repeatedly wiped tears from their faces.
So it's all the gun in Seminole County Florida where our Phil Keating is covering the trial for us.
Phil is it for -- one's mother -- you read really got worse.
-- right -- -- rid of -- and abruptly left the courtroom shortly thereafter as the number one.
Number seventeen year old son was played for the jury.
As for the defense side the parents of George Zimmerman.
His mother his father and his wife all basically out of hiding from the past year support Zimmerman during this trial all had to leave the courtroom prior to opening statements.
The judge is not allowing them inside the courtroom to watch this trial.
As they are listed as witnesses and may eventually take the stand.
The defendant facing 25 years to life if convicted sat stone face looking straight ahead as the prosecutor called him a lying gun wielding profiler.
Before we begin this morning -- -- Martin's parents and her attorney expressed great confidence the verdict in this case will be guilty.
I will be attending this course.
To try to get justice for my son.
I ask that you pray for me and my family.
I don't want any other Muppets who have to experience.
What I'm going -- now.
No more and George Zimmerman was a grown man with a good.
And number two.
Cherry bomb -- was a minor.
Who had no blood on his hands.
And just twenty minutes ago more unexpected F bombs inside the courtroom.
As a friend of George Zimmerman took the stand and accused.
Tracy -- a father for Avon of muttering under his breath.
The full version of the term and the -- her.
The judge did not rule on that the reason why trade bonds parents are a lot in the courtroom even though they also are listed as witnesses.
Is because they are the family members of the victim and as for the jury shot.
They seem to be paying very close attention half of them wearing business -- and saving.
Quite a few notes and over the weekend the judge ruled on the matter about which we had a lot of discussion here last week.
And and that's this matter of the 911 recording they had somebody's voice screaming.
Yeah I was -- absolutely critical ruling -- perceived as a major victory for the defense over the weekend that is.
Judge Deborah Nelson ruling that the states audio experts who concluded it was -- on Martin screamed for help.
Use the scientific method is not widely accepted.
By the scientific community so they will not be testifying however jurors will still hear witnesses like family members testified as to who they think those streams -- from.
This morning the judge also ruling for the defense and allowing hearsay evidence into this trial including testimony that right after the shooting.
Zimmerman told witness thirteen -- was beating me up.
And told the first -- on the scene he yelled for help and no one helped him.
Also prosecutors filed new discovery for -- law and justice textbooks.
From Zimmerman criminal law studies and his emails from that time I'm told prosecutors will show and prove -- Suggested the jury that Zimmerman was well aware of the standard -- a lot of Florida.
And knew precisely how to frame what he told police.
In order not to be charged on the stand right now is the very first witness that the state has called in this trial opening statements are done.
And this is Chad Joseph and he is.
-- I'm sorry who is this the bond.
There's a girlfriend's son.
Tracy Moore and this is the young man who -- who -- -- on Martin had.
Been spending all of that Sunday was back in February 2012 prior to -- on walking by himself.
To go to the seven -- -- all right.
We'll check in on that testimony Phil Keating thanks -- -- get some contact from the lawyers now Fox News legal analyst Arthur right dollars and criminal defense attorney former prosecutor.
So is -- Hanson is -- this is well and she's also.
Criminal offense -- let's start with the prosecution they -- first forty minutes or so.
And they and they came out guns blazing.
Yeah and I you know that that's a style thing and that is totally my style was the prosecutor is -- -- started that you look shovel -- you just played that clip of the the opening thing.
There are people -- heads down.
When he starts and they bought right out and that's what you want you wanna get a jury you wanna grab them you wanna pull -- -- and you just want them to pay attention the average attention span of a human is about twelve minutes.
So even up -- 35 manager you're pushing that up the -- You want them to feel your your your argument -- your passion.
What Phil said that half of them -- wearing -- business suits.
You know it and obviously the women so they're they're not the typical suits.
That's great that means that he's ensure that -- taking this process seriously.
When -- prosecutor that's music to your ears when your eyes Heather the defense opened after that.
And it went on for a long time but.
But -- almost with a knock knock joke yet I I did knock knock joke was not well there were well received and in fact after the lunch break I think they rethought that position and came back and said we're sorry for that knock knock joke.
I think from the defense perspective you can't start with that same emotion I agree with -- 100% that's what you want to do.
But what do you do to start with that emotion on the defense side you can't bring up some -- past you can't bring up -- the person he is.
So you -- -- make that connection that just wasn't the best way to do it they have a lot of information the defense to try to get out there but that's the other thing on the prosecution side does not a lot of evidence especially because they lost that ruling over the weekend and they can't get that tape and so they are limited in what they can put forth an adventurous for the.
-- gets into the analysis thereof does not exactly good ruling because this is kind of -- -- but this isn't.
Something like DNA fingerprint does is does jump sides with the proper in my opinion the -- time trying to real folks he went to jurors.
Hey folks how you doing all it.
I suppose to going up and saying.
He said those words when his head what big -- I did this alleged -- all right -- getting.
Had no choice -- gentleman he had no choice but to act.
Act otherwise we'd be talking about George and -- -- dead man and -- on -- recent years defense attorney left the you can keep that in mind.
We have to be careful when you do that in -- -- careful and especially in a case like this where you've got a jury that you're not quite sure of just yet you may see that later on in the trial.
You may see that depending on what the testimony as -- closings.
But an opening I think it's Smart to lay out your case I think that's fine it just to do it in such a dry and long way may have been a mistake bullets over the testimony is -- beginning and we'll have updates as -- Thank you thank you.
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