ZIMMERMAN: State drops f-bomb, defense tells joke

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  • Sanford, Florida - There were some eyebrow-raising, shocking moments today in the George Zimmerman murder trial as opening statements got underway.

    Attorneys wasted no time in making sure they got noticed.

    There was no shortage of drama as both sides used very different techniques to get the jury's attention. 

    Mission accomplished; everyone noticed. 

    In fact, you could have heard a pin drop. Every juror was paying close, careful attention. Right at the beginning, the state came out swinging, with profanity, that captured the attention of the all-female jury.

    Prosecutor John Guy told jurors,  "'F***ing punks. These a**holes; they always get away.' Those were the words from that grown man's mouth as he followed- in the dark- a 17-year-old boy. Forgive my language, those were his words, not mine. 'F***ing punks. These a**holes; they always get away."

    Prosecutors were painting a picture of a man they call a "wanna-be" cop who profiled 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

    Guy ended his opening statement by saying, "We are confident that at the end of this trial, you will know in your head, in your heart [and] in your stomach, that George Zimmerman  did not shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to. He shot him for the worst of all reasons- because he wanted to. Thank you for your time."

    Then, it was time for the defense.

    The defense team took six-times as long with it's opening statement than the state did, and the defense attorney did something that no one saw coming. 

    Zimmerman's lawyer laid out the case starting with a knock-knock joke.

    "Knock Knock. Who's there?," asked Defense attorney Don West, setting up for his punchline. "George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Good you're on the jury."

    The joke flopped, witnesses say. It was silent.

    West laughed nervously and followed up by saying, "Nothing? That's funny."

    The defense attorney later apologized, saying he did not mean to offend anyone.

    Zimmerman's lawyers have long maintained that their client feared for his life that night, and say that Trayvon Martin was the agressor. They say it's simple; the neighborhood watch captain was defending himself from great bodily harm.

    "George Zimmerman is not guilty of murder. He shot Trayvon Martin in Self defense" West told jurors.

    Four witnesses testified today, including the boy who Trayvon Martin bought Skittles for that night, 15-year-old Chad Joseph, whose mother dates Martin's father.

    The judge ruled today that the Martin family can remain in the courtroom during the trial, even though they are witnesses in the case. 

    Follow 10 News Reporter Melanie Michael on twitter @WTSPMelanie

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