The trial of George Zimmerman, the man charged with second degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, began Monday with jury selection, and Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Martin family, joined PoliticsNation to share how the family was reacting.
“Trayvon’s parents, Tracy and Sybrina, are thankful that the killer of their son will face a jury of his peers,” Crump said on the show. “All they’ve ever wanted was to have a verdict based on the evidence,” he added.
Earlier Monday, Trayvon Martin’s parents gave a statement to the media.
“We are relieved that the start of the trial is here with the jury selection, as we seek justice for our son Trayvon,” father Tracy Martin said in the statement. “We ask that the community continue to stay peaceful as we place our faith in the justice system, and we ask that the community do the same.”
George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, contending that he shot Martin in self-defense.
Note: George Zimmerman has sued NBCUniversal for defamation. The company has strongly denied his allegations.