Today, June 24th, is Day 11 of the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman trial, which will include the first day of opening statements in the case.
The trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Eastern this morning. We’ll bring you updates as they become available. Also, be sure to check the end of this article, our trial updates page, the Axiom Amnesia Facebook page and Twitter feed for live blogs and discussions on the trial. Here’s what to expect:
On Saturday, Judge Nelson issued a ruling on the Frye hearing, which will prohibit both of the State’s voice experts from testifying about the screams heard on the 9-1-1 call. They can, however. play the audio of the call.
Today, opening statements will begin:
The jury has been seated, the witnesses lined up and the exhibits gathered, but the trial of George Zimmerman begins Monday with an unanswered question: Will he testify?
Lawyers are set to deliver opening statements with clashing accounts of why Zimmerman, 29, shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, 17, on a rainy February 2012 night in Sanford, Fla., sparking widespread protest and national debate that touched on race, guns and self-defense.
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, says he pulled the trigger in self-defense after Martin attacked him — and legal experts say it’s common in self-defense cases for the defendant to take the stand.
But as jury selection ended last week — with six women picked to decide Zimmerman’s fate — defense attorney Mark O’Mara said he doesn’t know yet whether his client will take the oath and tell his side of the story.
“That is a dynamic decision that has to be made within the context of a trial,” O’Mara said.
“This case will fall on the fact that the state will not be able to convince the jury beyond a reasonable doubt with their evidence that a crime was committed by my client.”
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