Listen to when the screaming stops, he said, noting that the yelling ends with the sound of a gunshot.
He said Zimmerman profiled [Trayvon] as someone who was about to commit a crime in his neighborhood.
And he acted on it, Guy said. Thats why were here.
West presented a vastly different version, detailing the minute-by-minute events that led to the shooting, asking jurors to look at diagrams of the townhouse complex and crime scene and to listen to the chilling 911 call from another perspective.
His opening got off to a rocky start when he told jurors a knock-knock joke that bombed about the difficulty of jury selection. The state objected to his opening statement nine times in three hours and the judge ruled in the states favor each time.
After the lunch break, West noted that the prosecution had started its case with fiery speech all emotion, no proof.
My focus is on the detail [even] if I have to sacrifice passion, West said, adding that his own speech may be perceived as boring and somewhat technical.
West said his client felt threatened. Little did [he] know at the time, in less than 10 minutes of first seeing Trayvon Martin, he would be sucker-punched in the face, have his head pounded on concrete and wind up shooting Trayvon Martin, tragically killing him, he said, later adding, When you get your bell rung, stuff happens.
Jurors heard the four-minute phone call twice during the opening and again during witness testimony in which Zimmerman first reports seeing Trayvon in the complex. Zimmerman describes Trayvon as, real suspicious, possibly on drugs, and says he is up to no good.
Later, as the 911 tape with the screams and gunshot played, Trayvons mother quickly left the courtroom. Jurors looked uncomfortable and some of those watching from the public gallery cried.
West said he plans to bring in an eyewitness to testify that he saw a person wearing the kind of clothing Trayvon wore that night mounted on top of Zimmerman, beating him senseless. He also said he will present testimony from a young woman in Miami who was on the phone with Trayvon as the teen walked back from the convenience store. The friend, West said, heard Trayvon confront Zimmerman about why he was being followed.
By Mondays end, four witnesses had testified, including the 911 operator who took the initial phone call from Zimmerman.
During a news conference before court began, lawyer Ben Crump, representing Trayvons family, called the trial a simple case.
There are two important facts in this case. No. 1, George Zimmerman was a grown man with a gun.
No. 2, Trayvon Martin was a minor who has no blood on hands literally, no blood on his hands. There was none of George Zimmermans DNA on Trayvon Martins hands or under his fingernails. We believe the evidence is overwhelming to hold George Zimmerman accountable for killing Trayvon Martin.
Trayvons parents, who have attended jury selection for the last two weeks, also talked to reporters.
I am here as Trayvons mother, Fulton said. As I have been every day, I will be attending this court to try to get justice for my son. I ask that you pray for me and my family because I dont want any other mother to have to experience what I am going through now.
Tracy Martin added that the family will hold onto (Trayvons) smile which strengthens us.