George Zimmerman Shot Trayvon Martin ‘Because He Wanted to,’ Prosecutor Says


George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin during a confrontation last year “because he wanted to,” a prosecutor told a Florida jury today at the start of the racially charged case that has simmered since the shooting more than a year ago.

The trial began with fireworks as prosecutor John Guy opening the trial with the blunt and shocking words, “F***ing punks.”

Guy, quoting from Zimmerman’s phone call to police reporting a suspicious person the night of the shooting, continued: “These a**holes always get away.”

“Those were the words in the defendant’s head just moments before he pressed the pistol,” the prosecutor told the jury of six women.

Zimmerman, 29, is on trial for shooting death of Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old who was killed by Zimmerman in February 2012.

Martin’s parents wept and Zimmerman sat stoically as Guy described the teenager as an innocent victim minding his own business when Zimmerman confronted him.

The prosecutors laid out a case in the second-degree murder trial against Zimmerman by saying he overstepped his role as a neighborhood watch captain. He argued that he profiled, followed and, ultimately, killed a 17-year-old high school student who was walking to his father’s girlfriend’s home after leaving a convenience store.


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