This June 20, 2013 file photo, George Zimmerman listens as his defense counsel Mark O'Mara questions potential jurors during Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Judge Debra Nelson said Saturday, June 22, 2013, that prosecution audio experts who point to Trayvon Martin as screaming on a 911 call moments before he was killed won't be allowed to testify at trial. Opening statement begin Monday June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary Green, Pool, file)
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman's defense attorneys said in opening statements that the neighborhood watch volunteer fatally shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense.
Defense attorney Don West told jurors Monday that Zimmerman was being viciously attacked when he shot the 17-year-old Miami-area teen.
West outlined the defense case moments after a prosecutor said in his opening statements that Zimmerman was profiling Martin shortly before he confronted the teen last year.
Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense.
The case attracted worldwide attention following protests that erupted when Zimmerman wasn't arrested for 44 days after the shooting.
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