(Reuters) – Neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin simply because “he wanted to,” because he was an armed vigilante, and because he viewed the 17-year-old whom he’d never met as just another “punk,” a prosecutor said in opening statements to the jury in a trial that promises to raise thorny issues of race and gun rights.
In a case that centers on a shooting that occurred without a clear eyewitness on a rainy, dark night more than a year ago, prosecutor John Guy sought to cut through doubts surrounding the incident in a fiery 30-minute opening statement that branded Zimmerman as the aggressor for the six jurors who will decide the case.
As the second-degree murder trial opened in earnest after two weeks of jury selection and evidentiary rulings, the prosecutor began by bluntly quoting from Zimmerman’s call to a police dispatcher after first spotting the unarmed, black teen.
“‘Fucking punks. These assholes, they always get away’,” Guy repeated, going on to say those were the “hate-filled words he used to describe a total stranger.”
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