Published On: Jun 23 2013 10:14:04 PM EDTUpdated On: Jun 24 2013 10:37:18 AM EDT
George Zimmerman is on trial in Seminole County for second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a gated Sanford neighborhood on February 26, 2012.
Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda is the lead prosecutor in case against George Zimmerman. After Gov. Rick Scott appointed State Attorney Angela Corey as special prosecutor, Corey assigned de la Rionda lead prosecutor for her team. De la Rionda has 27 years experience and prosecuted 250 jury trials, 67 of which were homicide cases, according to the FBI's website.
Assistant State Attorney John Guy made the prosecution's opening opening statement in Zimmerman case, telling the jury: "George Zimmerman didn't shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to. He shot him for the worst of all reasons: because he wanted to."
George Zimmerman defense team is lead by Mark O'Mara.
O'Mara has been practicing criminal and family law in Central Florida for 28 years. O'Mara was the legal analyst for WJXT's Orlando sister station WKMG before taking on the Zimmerman case. He is board certified as a criminal trial specialist and is a former felony prosecutor who has handled many different types of cases, according to his website.
Don West is co-counsel with Mark O'Mara in the defense of George Zimmerman. West has been legal counsel in a number of criminal cases, including several high-profile death penalty cases in state and federal courts in Central Florida and Puerto Rico, according to his website. He has been board certified by the Florida Bar since 1987.
Judge Debra S. Nelson is the third judge in Zimmerman's case.
Judge Nelson is a 13-year judicial veteran in Seminole County with a reputation for sentencing long terms. She was appointed to the bench in 1999 by former Gov. Jeb Bush.
George Zimmerman's parents, who have said they have received death threats, attended the last few days of jury selection, saying the "time was right" to come out and support Zimmerman "despite safety considerations."
Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, and Trayvon's father, Tracy, divorced in 1999. She worked for the Miami-Dade county housing authority for 23 years, but has taken an extended leave from her job to attend the trial.
State Attorney Angela Corey attended most of the two-week process of jury selection, as did Adrian Crump, attorney for the Martin family.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys have jousted at pretrial hearings for months. Now they will go toe-to-toe in a murder trial expected to last three to four weeks.
George Zimmerman, 29, remains on house arrest during his trial.
Faces you will not see during television coverage of the trial are the six jurors and four alternates that will decide the case. Their identities are being protected by the court for the duration of the trial and for an undetermined period of time after.