Opening Statements Begin in George Zimmerman's Trial

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On Feb. 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin was killed in Sanford, Fla. This much we know: George Zimmerman, a volunteer Neighborhood Watch, shot Martin in the chest at close range. Martin had visited a 7-Eleven for snacks, and was wandering through the gated community where he was, at least temporarily, living. Zimmerman claims that he shot Martin in self-defense; Martin's family and a host of communities, media and celebrities insist that Zimmerman racially stereotyped and then unjustly killed the black 17-year-old. The shooting received national attention, second only to the 2012 presidential race, and prompted a series of passionate rallies and debates. On Monday, Zimmerman's trial began. He's been charged with second-degree murder, and if convicted, he'll face between 25 years and a life sentence in prison. For a brief timeline of the events leading up to his trial, click on... [Image: Getty Images]

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