Zimmerman Trial to Start Today


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The murder trial begins Monday for George Zimmerman, the volunteer night watchman who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, sparking protests across the United States and claims of racial profiling.

The trial, expected to last at least a month, begins with jury selection at 9 am local time (1300 GMT) in the Seminole County Courthouse in central Florida, near where the crime took place on a rainy night in February 2012.

George Zimmerman, now 29, faces a charge of second-degree murder for killing Trayvon Martin, 17, as he walked through the gated community to the house where his father was staying with a friend.

Zimmerman, son of a white father and a Hispanic mother, has pleaded not guilty, arguing he acted in self defense when he shot Martin after confronting him.

When police arrived, the only items found in the pockets of his hoodie sweatshirt were a pack of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea.



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