|George Zimmerman appears in court June 10, 2013|
Trayvon Martin's father Tracy released a statement before the trial's start. It reads as follows:
Tracy Martin Statement June 10, 2013
"We are relieved that the trial is starting today with the selection of jury members. We are seeking justice for our son and a fair trial. Trayvon’s life was taken unnecessarily and tragically, but we call upon the community to be peaceful. We have placed our faith in the justice system and ask that the community do the same. Please pray for Trayvon and for our family."The defense had filed a final motion, hoping to have the trial's start delayed. Judge Debra Nelson denied the motion and announced jury selection would begin. A previous defense motion had been filed requesting that certain words viewed as "prejudicial" be excluded from the trial. Judge Nelson listened as Florida lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda agreed to the exclusion.
While large protests were expected, as of the time of this writing, only a few protesters gathered. It is expected; however, that as the actual trial begins following jury selection, that large protests will occur. Court went into recess at approximately 9:12 a.m., as jurors' questions were edited to remove the words agreed to be excluded. Protesters did display large signs against the previously erected protest bars that determines the barrier between the courthouse and the official protest zone.
As court went into recess, familiar faces were seen in the courthouse. In attendance were George Zimmerman's wife Shelley Zimmerman, George Zimmerman's brother Robert Zimmerman Jr., Tracy Martin and Trayvon's mother Sybrina Fulton were a visible presence as they seek justice for their son.
Court recessed until approximately 2:10 p.m. Twenty-one jurors will be filtered today.
You may watch the George Zimmerman trial streaming live, online on June 10, 2013 in the videos below.