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Prosecutor Opens With Zimmerman’s Obscenity

A prosecutor began opening statements in George Zimmerman’s trial Monday with obscene words the neighborhood watch volunteer whispered under his breath while following 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

“F—— punks,” prosecutor John Guy said to six female jurors, quoting Zimmerman from a call he made to a police dispatcher shortly before his fatal confrontation with Martin. “These a——-. They always get away.”

Guy told the jurors that Zimmerman profiled Martin “as someone about to commit a crime in his neighborhood.”

“And he acted on it. That’s why we’re here.”

Zimmerman followed Martin through his neighborhood, confronted him and then fatally shot him during a fight, Guy said.

“George Zimmerman didn’t shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to,” Guy said. “He shot him for the worst of all reasons: because he wanted to.”

The prosecutor described Zimmerman as someone who wanted to be a police officer, and he dismantled the story Zimmerman has told investigators about what happened during the fight between the neighborhood watch volunteer and the Miami-area teen that left Martin dead from a bullet to his chest.

AP

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