Zimmerman’s Family Ordered to Leave Courtroom at Start of Trial

24 June 2013

(SANFORD, Fla.) — The trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin began in a Florida courtroom with an emotional statement by Martin’s mother and the judge sending Zimmerman’s family out of the courtroom.

The case opened Monday in Sanford, Fla., 16 months after Martin was shot dead by Zimmerman.

Before opening statements could be introduced, Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, gave a statement.

“I’m here today as Trayvon Martin’s mom as I have been every day.  I will be attending every day to get justice for my son,” Fulton said moments before she and Martin’s father entered the court.  “I ask that you pray for me and my family because I don’t want any other mother to have to experience what I am going through now.”

Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the family, also summed up the arguments prosecutors may make.

“We think this is a simple case.  There are two important facts.  Number one, George Zimmerman was a grown man with a gun.  And number two, Trayvon Martin was a minor who had no blood on his hands,” Crump said.