SANFORD, Fla. - Opening statements in the murder trial against George Zimmerman are set to begin Monday.
Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer, told police he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense.
On Monday, 16 months after Martin's death, the defense and prosecution will give their opening statements with Zimmerman facing second-degree murder charges.
Six female jurors will decide whether Zimmerman truly acted in self-defense or if he is guilty of murder.
On Saturday, a 911 tape from the evening of Martin's death was the focus. Judge Debra Nelson ruled the recording, on which someone can be heard screaming for help, can be played during the trial.
The judge will not, however, allow audio experts who say the voice belongs to Martin to testify because the judge has rejected their techniques.
In addition to the 911 tape, the judge is also allowing the use of words like "profiling" and other phrases that have been called inflammatory by the defense, who wanted to have those phrases blocked from the trial.
"It's an interesting language of semantics," said Roger Futerman, legal analyst. "The state has to be very cautious that they don't go over the line because they could cause a mistrial."
Opening statements typically last a full day, according to a court spokesperson. The entire trial is expected to last four to six weeks.
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