A neighborhood watch captain accused of killing an unarmed teen goes on trial Monday, in a case that sparked fresh debate about race relations and gun laws.
George Zimmerman is accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida.
Martin was black, and Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. He says he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense.
Opening statements begin Monday and is expected to last several hours.
A jury of six women will decide Zimmerman’s fate, which has already drawn some scrutiny from the public about whether he will get a fair trial.
Martin’s parents will be in the courtroom, and are expected to deliver a statement before the proceedings begin.
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