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The Murder Trial Of George Zimmerman Begins

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It is a case that has polarized the country, touching off issues of race and gun control.

Today, opening statements begin in the murder trial of George Zimmerman .

Zimmerman is the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed 17-year old Trayvon Martin inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida last year.

29-year-old Zimmerman claims it was self defense. Prosecutors will argue it was profiling.

A jury of 6 women will hear the case.

This morning, the family of Trayvon addressed the courtroom.

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, said in part of her statement "I ask that you pray for me and my family because I do not want any other mother to have to experience what I am going though now."

Tracey Martin, Trayvon's father said that he will hold on to the memories of his son, and his smile.


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