Both the Prosecution and the Defense made their opening statements in the Trayvon Martin murder trial. George Zimmerman's defense attorneys used statements Zimmerman made to a police officer and a neighbor immediately after he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson ruled last week that prosecutors could use the word "profiled" in their opening statements, as long as their description isn't limited to racial profiling.

According to the Huffington Post:

Zimmerman told the police officer and a neighbor that he was yelling for help but nobody responded during his confrontation with Martin. Prosecutors say Zimmerman racially profiled Martin as he walked through the gated community where Zimmerman lived and often patrolled. Martin was returning from a convenience store on a rainy night in February 2012, wearing a dark hooded shirt. The two eventually got into a fight and Zimmerman shot Martin.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense.

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